Under the Influence: The Town That Listened to Its Kids

Under the Influence: The Town That Listened to Its Kids

by Patty Jo Sawvel

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Overview

The pleasant town of Kernersville, North Carolina, decided to take a peek at its teenage drug problem. Nestled in the heart of three large cities, this community was certain that its problem was not nearly as bad as the rest of the nation. Many adults believed that 10% of the high school students abused drugs.
However, when the hometown newspaper-the Kernersville News-surveyed 1,706 local teenagers, it was shocked to report that 92% of the respondents believed that "most of the students in my school use drugs."
Stunned, the townspeople decided to stop waiting for the Government to do something and to tackle the problem for themselves. First, they took the teens out of the back seat and put them in the driver's seat-airing their uncensored voices on the front pages of the newspaper.
Then, the Kernersville Police Department joined forces with the News and the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. Together, they broke down walls from here to Washington, to give their students the leadership and life skills that transformed their community. What resulted was the grassroots non-profit Kernersville Cares for Kids and 20 student leaders that turned the town right-side up.
This book invites readers to become cub reporters and shadow the investigative journalist as she uncovers life-altering truths that changed a community.

FIND OUT:

How to convert negative peer pressure into positive peer influence

What kids really want from adults

What it's like to work as an investigative reporter

How to create dynamic YOUTH driven organizations

Why 80% of students in Kernersville enroll in the It's My Call drug testing program

Simple things YOU can do to make a difference with kids in your town

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Award-winning journalist, Patty Jo Sawvel, is pictured above with "her kids". She completed the Wake Forest University Addiction Studies Program for Journalists, author/edited the book, Issues That Concern You: Student Drug Testing, and contributed chapters to Drugs and Controlled Substances: Information for Students (published by Thomson Gale). Sawvel served as a founding member of Kernersville Cares for Kids. In Short, Sawvel cares.

Chapter titles for UNDER THE INFLUENCE:

1. An Unexpected Opportunity
2. Getting Started
3. Survey
4. Getting Results
5. Community Response
6. Gathering the Facts
7. Publicity
8. Voluntary Drug Testing
9. Community Meeting
10. Meetings at Glenn and East
11. Losing Momentum
12. The Press Conference
13. Four Teens From Two Families
14. School Board Policy Change
15. Police Accept the Challenge
16. Kicking Off the Project
17. Victory
18. We Can't Do It
19. Finding a Better Way
20. A REAL Community Organization
21. Kernersville Kids Lead the U.S.
22. Three Drug Addicts
23. Middle Schools Come Aboard
24. Thirty Days of Madness
25. KCK Gets a New President
26. Letting Go
27. Getting a Better Grip
28. New Voices
29. A Study of the Test
30. Retreat
31. 10th Anniversary
32. Selling the tickets
33. Community Hug
34. The Final Lesson
35. A Mountain Top Experience
36. Grand Central Station
37. Passing the Baton
38. The Handoff is Complete
Epilogue

APPENDIX I: The Power of One Committed Person 348
Whether you are child or an adult-if you are alive-there is something simple and meaningful that you can do to help.

APPENDIX II: Understanding Today's Student 359
Times have changed and so have students. Knowing the truth gives you the power to help and not to hurt an already fragile situation.

APPENDIX III: Parent's Handbook 367 Harmful parenting myths and misguided wisdom has been handed down for generations. Scientific studies in this section disarm myths and reveal the truth so parents can be more effect

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615541389
Publisher: Bailey Press
Publication date: 10/20/2011
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Award-winning journalist Patty Jo Sawvel completed the Wake Forest University Addiction Studies Program for Journalists, author/edited the book, Issues That Concern You: Student Drug Testing, and contributed chapters to Drugs and Controlled Substances: Information for Students, published by Thomson Gale. Sawvel served as a founding member of Kernersville Cares for Kids. In Short, Sawvel cares.

Sawvel contributes regularly to the Kernersville News, Kernersville Magazine, and other entities.
Sawvel lives in Kernersville with her husband Don. They have three grown children and four grandchilden.

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