My experience doing the Above The Influence Day activities were fun. I really enjoyed it and was a good influence on me. We all had fun taking pictures and exploring. We learned a lot from the videos and seen how things can affect us. From that day on we took the pledge to be Above the Influence to making shirt to show what we were doing to stay above. We all showed each other and explained why we picked our reason to stay above.
Now when I found out I was going to be a panelist I was pretty excited. Until the day came I was very nervous. Everyone was talking to me and were trying to encourage. They know what I want to become when I am older which is an actress so I just thought of that and took a breath and did it. I was ready and it was no turning back I was proud I did it because I have overcome a little fear. I am proud that I was panelist and I am thankful for the people who have helped me to be Above the Influence.
Gena (Havre de Grace Club)
About Above the Influence Day: Boys & Girls Club of Harford County partnered with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s “Above the Influence” (ATI) campaign during National Substance Abuse Prevention Month to celebrate the power of youth living “above the influence” of negative pressures, especially drugs and alcohol. Boys & Girls Club of Harford County’s youth joined teens from Maryland’s 4-H and across the country in a panel discussion centered on the topic of influence. The discussion was led by Enga Mack and broadcast into the co-event being hosted by ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske at the Newseum in Washington, DC.