PowerofYouth Student Leader Toolkit

MAKE A PACT. MAKE A PLEDGE WITH YOUR FRIENDS TO NEVER DRINK ALCOHOL UNDER 21 OR USE MARIJUANA, ESPECIALLY AS A WAY TO COPE WITH STRESS. MAKE A PLAN. TALK THROUGH IDEAS OF ACTIVITIES YOU ENJOY, SKILLS YOU'D LIKE TO BUILD AND WAYS TO SPEND YOUR TIME THAT WORKS TOWARDS YOUR FUTURE, NOT AGAINST IT. PAY ATTENTION. KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS IF YOU THINK YOUR FRIEND MIGHT BE DRINKING OR USING MARIJUANA, THEN TALK TO A TRUSTED ADULT TO KEEP YOUR FRIEND SAFE. YOUR FRIEND MAY: - DROP OUT OF USUAL ACTIVITIES - ATTEMPT TO MASK THE ODOR OF ALCOHOL OR MARIJUANA - BECOME UNUSALLY AGGRESSIVE - HANG OUT WITH DIFFERENT FRIENDS AND MIGHT BE SECRETIVE - BE STRUGGLING WITH THEIR GRADES OR SKIPPING SCHOOL BE AN EXAMPLE. USE YOUR INFLUENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SHOW YOUR FRIENDS HOW YOU ARE COPING WITH STRESS IN A POSITIVE, ALCOHOL- AND DRUG-FREE WAY.

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