GameChanger works directly with schools to implement, monitor, and sustain the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Student Peer Leadership Program, which has been found by research to help children make healthy choices about alcohol, opioids, and all other drugs.
The event also coincides with Red Ribbon Week, an annual awareness campaign throughout the country that encourages communities to promote drug prevention and education, emphasizing the importance of making healthy choices while raising awareness about the dangers of drug abuse.
“There is no doubt that we have a catastrophic problem with fentanyl and opioid and substance misuse in this county, in this state, and in this nation,” Underwood, who presented Gov. Justice the check, said. “Without a doubt, GameChanger is just the remedy needed to help fight this awful issue. When you have the opportunity to bring a program to our youth which the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation helped develop, you run with that opportunity.”
“Governor Justice agreeing to become our head coach at our inception set the tone and to see the vast support, from the business community, the education sector and individuals overall is just another indication of how West Virginians always step up to the plate,” Boczek said. “As a result of this kind of support and the quality of the GameChanger Program, we have been asked and have met with representatives from other states who want to begin implementation of GameChanger as early as next fall.”
As a youth-led positive development and community enhancement initiative, GameChanger programming is designed to educate, support, and empower young West Virginians to live healthy, drug-free lifestyles while preparing to be our leaders of tomorrow.
To learn more about the Program, visit GameChangerUSA.org.
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