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“Youth with Vision strives to create drug free communities for future generations by putting education into action.”

That’s Youth with Visions official mission. The group uses teens to teach other teens about the dangers of drug abuse.

Madelyn Judah, sophomore,  has been in Youth with Vision for two years. She first decided to join when her eighth grade english teacher told her about to club. To join Judah had to write an essay, do an interview with some of the clubs leaders, and do a phone call.

“It sounded like a really good leadership opportunity and it could lead to a lot of other great opportunities. Everyone at the first meeting I went to was really friendly and made me feel comfortable. That really helped me decide to stay,” Judah said.

Judah’s mother, Lee Judah, has seen a big change in her daughter since she joined the club.

“It’s been great for Madelyn, helped build her public speaking and leadership skills, it has also gotten her more active in her community on both the city and state level,” Lee Judah said.

Elif Barnhart, sophomore, has been in the club for almost a month. She decided to join when her counselor told her about it.

“I’ve only been to one meeting but that one meeting was really good and I think we learned a lot. I also think they have a lot of really good prevention campaigns. It’s really a good thing for the community,” Barnhart said.

The group goes to Jefferson City twice a year to meet with legislators, and St. Louis once a year. They also attend many summits where they meet people who used to be drug addicts.

“We’ve actually met some people who used to be drug addicts,” Judah said, “It’s really heartbreaking to hear their stories. I think that if someone had taught them about how drug abuse changes you they wouldn’t be in that position.”

One of the most important things Youth with Vision is fundraising.

Mud Mania is one of the bigger fundraisers. Its a mud volleyball tournament hosted at Smithville lake. Anyone can go as long as you make a team and pay the fee.

“It’s a lot of fun. You get to hangout with your friends and get really messy. The first time I went I think I had to take an hour long shower after,” Judah said.

They also have fundraisers like Bunco Mania, a bunco tournament, dessert buffet and silent auction. Anyone can go to this as well.

“We spend a lot of time planning our fundraisers because the money we make on them goes toward our trips to Jefferson City and St. Louis. We also use some of the money for our campaigns to help people,” Judah said.

Youth with Vision really does put education into action to stop drug abuse.

 

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