Wake Up Call
"The power point information regarding specific drug identification and characteristics is priceless. Paired with bedroom, this presentation is perfectly informative!" - Parent
This is a life-size exhibit of a teen’s bedroom with more than 20 “red flags” that can signal drug or alcohol use. The bedroom identifies spots where teens may hide drugs, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use.
In addition to learning about the various hiding spots and items that may indicate use, audience members learn about the signs and symptoms associated with alcohol and drug abuse, as well as parenting strategies that can help reduce the chances of substance abuse.
The goal of this presentation is to educate parents and other adults who are influential in the lives of youth so they know what seemingly innocent items can actually be an indication of substance abuse.
Sandi's personal experience with her son, Tyler's addiction and her passion for helping others led her to leave her career in banking to start Your Choice to Live, Inc. Your Choice is a drug and alcohol abuse prevention, education and awareness program for students, parents and communities.
Katie is a certified K-12 School Counselor and former Rehabilitation Counselor. Her experience includes working as a counselor for the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, program manager at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and most recently, the coordinator for parent and community education programs in the Oconomowoc Area School District for 8 years. Her passion is to help empower parents and provide them with the resources, support and information they need to raise a drug free child.
Ashleigh Nowakowski has been working in the substance abuse prevention field since 2009. Her work includes speaking in middle and high schools, teaching in health classes, and working with high risk youth in the Detour program. Ashleigh also has experience working with youth who are concerned about a loved one’s substance use. Ashleigh has her Master’s degree in Public Administration.
"THIS IS AMAZING! THIS WILL SAVE LIVES! Thank you for trying to help us be better parents and teachers. It is appreciated. I wish all parents could come. Please offer this each year if possible."
"I thought I was an informed parent, not as informed as I thought."
"Such an "eye opener" to see the bedroom and the risk factors."
"I am very "drug" stupid, so the knowledge of what, how used, what to look for(warning signs) was very educational for me."
"This was extremely informative, interesting and useful info. The presenters were relatable and interesting to listen to."
"The visual signs & symptoms of using and knowing that being involved by conversations with my kids is the right path."