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Dover Y2Y Celebrates 25 Years of Action

The students of the Dover Police Department’s Youth to Youth Program will highlight 25 years of efforts to prevent the harm caused by underage drinking, tobacco use, and drug misuse in Dover area with an open house at the McConnell Center cafeteria on Friday April 14th, 2017.

The event will begin at 3:00 pm and conclude by 6:00 pm.  Attendees may come and go during those times.  At 4 pm there will be a short presentation to briefly address those in attendance.  Youth to Youth members have created displays illustrating key accomplishments and examples of media, projects and programs they have conducted.

The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be provided.

The Dover Police Department’s Youth to Youth Program is a comprehensive, peer-based, youth empowerment program where students in grades 6-12 are organized and aggressively participate as part of “the solution” to the drug & violence problem.

Over the past 25 years, hundreds of Dover kids have participated in Youth to Youth. Those students have created over 100 radio public service announcements, produced dozens of videos, proposed and passed 7 city ordinances and 3 state laws, and conducted hundreds of awareness projects.  Youth to Youth presentations reach over 3,000 youth and adults every year.

Communities from all over the US have asked the Dover students to provide training, assist them in starting a program or requested permission to use their original materials. Students have traveled to 29 different states in the process.  Youth to Youth radio PSAs and skit scripts have been provided to communities in every state in the US.

As a result, Dover Youth to Youth has been the recipient of many national and state drug prevention awards.  In May 2015, the group was selected to receive the Advocate for Action award from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Dover Youth to Youth is supervised by the Dover Police Department’s Community Outreach Bureau and the program has received substantial assistance from the Wentworth Douglas Hospital. Currently, 60-70 students meet each week on several action teams to plan various substance abuse prevention activities.

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