Anna Stock –Mustangs Ahead

clubs(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Youth in Action (YIA) is a club implemented to bringing awareness to the negative effects of alcohol and drugs.

The meetings are held on Thursdays in adviser and LRHS Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher Heather Kasper’s room, 602. This year meetings will be focusing on mental health’s stigma and it how it can cause students stress/anxiety.

Kasper said, “The club’s motive is to try and show other students that partying, drinking, and doing drugs is not ok. As well as showing these students that there is a wide range of kids that don’t participate in these activities.”

Recently, YIA has elected officers to represent the club. The current officers include junior Ava Botko as president, junior Brooke Martin as vice president, senior Hope Wilcox as secretary, junior Riely Carol as historian, and as public relations: sophomore Gigi Miles, senior Jules Catena, senior Denver Romano, sophomore Emily Chance, and senior Cameron Auker.

Botko is looking forward to the upcoming year, “I hope that these meeting will attract people to join the club and see what we are about. We are not only about trying to educate people about the harms of drinking and drugs, but we are also focusing on mental health stigma. I’ve noticed that a lot of people I know are talking about how much stress they have with school, sports, and after school activities, and I’ve wanted to share some light on that topic.

‘I think that the more we talk about stress and anxiety the more we can get to learn about it and get to the root of the problem. We are here to help our fellow students and I’m hoping this year is a success in doing so,” she said.

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