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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dover Y2Y Students Travel to Burlington Vermont

IMG_0706Feb. 10th, 2017 A team of six Dover Y2Y students went to work for the Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community in Burlington Vt.   The students focused on increasing education, building skills in prevention and advocacy for middle and high school students during the two day training for the youth.
If your organization is interested in having Dover Youth to Youth work with your students or adults please go to our Resources page or contact d.mitchell@dover.nh.gov

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Youth to Youth Completes Webinar Series

Students of Dover Youth to Youth recently completed their 5th and final webinar of the 2016-2017 school year.  The topics that were covered this year were:  Presenting Samantha Skunk, Youth Empowerment, Policy Change, How to Conduct a Rally, and Counter Advertising Big Alcohol.  Please check back with us to see what next year’s topics will be!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Three Y2Y Students go to statehouse to oppose legalization of marijuana

Sarah Grace and Izzy at statehouseFebruary 1st, 2017

Today 3 of our members spoke at the statehouse opposing a bill that would legalize marijuana in the state of NH. Here is an excerpt from their testimony…

“One concern of ours is that marijuana is already perceived by youth to be less harmful than tobacco. According to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 60% of high school students in New Hampshire think that marijuana is harmless. If this drug is legalized, it will further convince teens that marijuana is harmless, when in reality it has many dangerous consequences. More >

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Students Propose Legislation with Sen. David Watters and Testify

Testimony of Dover Youth to Youth
Smoking in Cars with Youth Present
SB 145

Hello my name is Hannah Martescello. My name is William Demers, and my name is Kylan Mastro, and we are from Dover Youth to Youth — a large drug and alcohol abuse prevention student organization in Dover NH. We have 70 members who meet in 4 different groups to plan and conduct prevention projects in our community. And we are here to urge you to vote to pass SB 145.

One of our biggest health concerns is Second Hand Smoke. Second Hand Smoke can affect the natural development of the lungs, and this can cause long term, if not permanent, damage. Tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which can cause cancers, such as lung cancer, lymphoma, brain tumors in children, and leukemia (American Cancer Society Website). It is also linked to various diseases, and illnesses such as asthma, lower respiratory tract infections, and increased severe dementia syndromes (health.act.gov.au). Almost 1 million asthmatic kids in the U.S. suffer from increased problems due to Second Hand Smoke. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that “second hand smoke increases the number of asthma attacks and severity of asthma symptoms…” (smokefree.gov). More >