Hanley Foundation, a community leader in substance abuse prevention programming, will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Palm Beach County K-12 student in the county’s 8th Annual Alcohol Prevention Poster Contest.
The theme for the 2018 contest, held by the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition, in partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), Florida Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and sponsored by Hanley Foundation, the Judith Carreras Scholarship, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the Rotary Club of Wellington and the South Florida Fairgrounds, is “Get Your Game On Alcohol Free.”
The kickoff for the contest will begin October 23rd in honor of the start of National Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is a global initiative started in 1988 by the National Family Partnership to prevent substance abuse among youth. Students will have until Friday, December 1st to submit their poster entries to the contest. Students can see the contest rules by visiting http://www.pbcbusposter.org/. The Judy Carreras Foundation will also give a $1,000 scholarship, and eight gift cards totaling $700 will be given to runners-up.
The winning poster will be announced on February 15, 2018, and on February 16, 2018, the winning poster will be placed in 900 of the school district’s buses. The winning poster will also be displayed in schools, and all posters entered in the contest will be displayed at Yesteryear Village during the South Florida Fair, January 12-28, 2018. The 2017 winner of the Hanley Foundation scholarship was Kervin Noel from South Tech Academy.
“The poster contest helps local students use their creativity to show their fellow students that despite what they might perceive, most of their friends aren’t using alcohol and they can feel good about not engaging in underage alcohol use, as well,” said Ryan Wertepny, executive director of prevention services for Hanley Foundation. “We feel that providing the $1,000 scholarship shows young people in our community how important the truth about alcohol use is to their future goals.”
Wertepny noted that one of Hanley Foundation’s key prevention programs, Alcohol Literacy Challenge, ties in with the poster contest’s messaging and is offered free by Hanley Foundation educators to schools, churches and youth groups.
“Prevention programming reaching school age children is a successful strategy to keep kids away from drugs and alcohol,” he said. “Children and teens who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to become alcohol addicted than those who do not drink before age 21. Hanley Foundation’s prevention teams are on the front lines to effectively teach students both the real, physical effects of consuming alcohol and other substances, as well as the social and emotional effects kids think happen when they drink or use.”
Established more than 30 years ago by Mary Jane and Jack Hanley, Hanley Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to give hope to individuals, families and communities affected by substance use disorders. The Foundation provides programming and grant support throughout Florida for advocacy, prevention, education and access to quality addiction treatment. The organization’s prevention programming is available free of charge to schools, churches and community groups.