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"The power point information regarding specific drug identification and characteristics is priceless. Paired with bedroom, this presentation is perfectly informative!" - Parent
Wake Up Call is a three-part drug and alcohol prevention presentation. The first part of the presentation focuses on current trends such as vaping, marijuana, alcohol and prescription pills. Next, attendees are walked through a life-size teen bedroom with more than 20 “red flags” that can signal drug or alcohol use. The bedroom identifies spots where drugs can be hidden, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use. Lastly, attendees will learn practical prevention strategies to prevent substance abuse and where to go for help if they are concerned.
Our goal is to educate parents, teachers, community members 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 Morrow is a prevention education specialist who has worked in the substance abuse field for 10 years. She has worked in a variety of roles in this field including prevention, direct care, development and community organizing. She has a Master’s in Public Administration from Marquette University. Being in long-term recovery for 12 years gives Katie a passion for recovery and prevention. Katie enjoys sharing her story in hopes that it will help others from going down the path that she did. Katie loves to spend time with her son, dogs, and husband and is an avid runner and hiker.
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."