Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse seeks new members

Those between the ages of 12 and 19 are encouraged to join a Clark County effort to prevent substance abuse among their peers

Clark County Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse, a peer education program known by the acronym STASHA, is seeking members between the ages of 12 and 19 to serve as peer educators.

Members of Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards (STASHA) are seen in this photograph included with information about the program on the county’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/stasha-peer-education-program.
Members of Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards (STASHA) are seen in this photograph included with information about the program on the county’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/stasha-peer-education-program.

Members of the peer education program advocate for healthy lifestyles and dedicate time to addressing alcohol and other drug issues among area youth. The group is looking for members to fill vacancies for the 2018-2019 school year.

According to a press release, peer educators include “youth who have never used drugs or alcohol, those with past experimentation or use, and those who have completed treatment and are now in recovery.” The young volunteers in this group strive to represent the diverse populations and variety of neighborhoods in the county.

Members serve a one-year term with the opportunity to stay in the program through the age of 19.

To be eligible, youths must be Clark County residents and have an interest in sharing their opinions and perspectives about substance abuse prevention. Training is provided.

Those who are interested must submit an application. Finalists will be interviewed. Applications and directions are online at www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/stasha-peer-education-program.

The application deadline is Fri., June 15.

For more information or to request an application,  contact Alaina Green, STASHA peer education coordinator, at (360) 397-2130, ext. 5841, or alaina.green@clark.wa.gov.

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