24 under 24 Drug Mythbusters

In support of this year's National Drug Facts Week, Jan. 27- Feb 2, SparkAction and our partners issued a national challenge to find the top 24 young people age 24 or under who are informing and empowering their peers to make decisions based on facts, not rumors, myths or peer pressure.

We ask you to nominate young people who are using their talents, passion and creativity to break through the noise and help peers get the facts—not myths, not pressure but real knowledge—about alcohol and substances. And you did!

The winners were announced on Feb. 13, 2014. Check out these amazing young people making a difference in their communities to promote awareness of science-based drug facts and to prevent substance abuse.

The contest, in support of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and it's National Drug Facts Week, was hosted by SparkAction and our partners:

  • Youth Service America
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
  • Above the Influence
  • The American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
  • The CorpsNetwork
  • OurTime.org
  • Young Invincibles
  • The National Collaboration for Youth,
  • The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
  • Ready by 21®.

About the Contest

Tell us why and how you or someone you know is busting myths: If enough people share your story on social media you could be selected as one of the Top 24.

How: Nominate someone awesome (yourself or someone you know) using our online form.  Just make sure they're between the ages of 13 and 24.

When:  The deadline for submissions is Feb. 2, 2014. But don't fear, it's a quick form. Winners will be announced on Valentine's Day.

And while you're at it, learn more about National Drug Facts Week and plan an event.

The Details

The contest is open to any one residing in the United States and who is age 13 to 24. Note: Winners of SparkAction contests and challenges in the last 12 months are not eligible to be selected as a Top 24 under 24 Drug Mythbuster. Winners will be selected by a combination of "crowdsourced" Facebook voting and a final review by SparkAction and our partners. All winners and their nominees will be notified by email about their status as Top 24 Under 24 Drug Mythbusters. 

Questions? Email us.

 

Mythbuster: Trent Whisenant

Organizing a summer camp through Health Rocks to teach the bad effects of substance abuse to fellow youth.

For the last three years, Trent has served as a Health Rocks Action Leader in Murray County, Georgia.  Health Rocks is the National 4-H Curriculum that teaches wise decision making for youth about smoking, alcohol and drugs. 

Mythbuster: Ariana Cherry

Ariana leads the DeKalb County Health Rocks Action Leaders to educate and motivate younger youth in the metro Atlanta city of Decatur. 

Each summer, Ariana and her Health Rocks team in Atlanta teach classes to youth during summer day camps at county recreation centers. Ariana and her team lead classes on dangers of smoking, drugs, alcohol and stress. 

The Health Rocks Action Leaders, Ariana among them, have reached more than 3,925 young people in DeKalb County over the last five summers. 

Mythbusters: Arlington Teen Network Board

A local youth leadership board leading anti-substance abuse campaigns.

The Arlington Teen Network Board is sponsored by the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families in collaboration with the Arlington READY (Reduce or Eliminate Alcohol & Drug use by Youth) Coalition in Virginia.

Mythbuster: Malori Basye

A member of the Idaho Meth Project Teen Advisory Council.

Since this summer, Malori has been a member of the Idaho Meth Project Teen Advisory Council.  Malori is a young member of the Council but certainly doesn't let that stop her from being a contributing member of the team.  Malori is often out and about, bringing friends to events and helping to spread the Idaho Meth Project's message. 

Mythbuster: Alex Martin

A member of the Idaho Meth Project Teen Advisory Council.

Alex is a member of the Idaho Meth Project Teen Advisory Council - a position that she applied for last year.  In her time on the Council, Alex has participated in nearly every way possible. 

"I know that when I need someone to respond to a call to action, Alex will be there," says her nominator Sophie.

Mythbuster: Sadera Schultz

A member of the Idaho Meth Project.

Sadera has seen her fair share of 'real life' and certainly walks away from tough experiences with her head held high.  Sadera believes in the power of prevention and the importance of education.  Through the Idaho Meth Project, she works diligently in her small community in Idaho to spread awareness about the dangers of substance abuse. 

"Sadera has a big heart and an even bigger drive to do big things," says nominator Sophie Dresser.

Mythbuster: Kayla Cocozzo

An active member of her local teen advisory council, Kayla helps raise awareness of the dangers of meth through a Not Even Once campaign.

Kayla, a very driven young woman, always is the first to jump at an opportunity to get involved and is often the last to leave because she likes to see things through to successful completion.

A member of the Idaho Meth Project's Teen Advisory Council, Kayla works to spread the Not Even Once message on methamphetamine in her school and community. 

Mythbuster: Simone Bernstein

Simone combines scientific fact and stories from former addicts to present the dangers of substance abuse to homeless shelters and schools.

Mythbuster: Andrew Parker

Created a "Boo Radley Club" to link random acts of kindness to drug-free choices.

Mythbuster: Lauren Smyser

A member of the Idaho Meth Project Teen Advisory Council working to spread the Not Even Once message.

Lauren works in her community to spread the "Not Even Once" message on methamphetamine through the Idaho meth Project Teen Advisory Council.  Lauren is recognized among her peers for her unique and innovative ideas.  Says her nominator and mentor Sophie Dresser, "she is great at making things happen!"

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