Mythbuster: Andrew Parker

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

Concerned about what he saw as a growing rate of drug use among amount students at his high school, Andrew of Louisville, Kentucky began a Boo Radley Club at his school. The Boo Radley Society encourages students to perform random acts of kindness, and the Club's members think about their actions and try to make a better world by performing simple acts of kindness to strangers, family members, and school personnel.  Andrew began the Boo Radley Club a few months ago and it already has 50 members.  

While the club is based on asking its members to perform random acts of kindness, Andrew has begun asking people to make a sobriety pledge weekly.  Andrew is a freshman in high school and learned that a few of his mentors (seniors) got suspended for smoking marijuana.  He was surprised and saddened, especially about one of the students who was also a huge leader in the church youth group where he began seeking members for the Boo Radley Club. 

Once this happened, Andrew decided to incorporate a drug-free environment into the Boo Radley Society, asking members to commit to one week at a time to remain drug-free and to make an impact on the world by helping others.

Andrew enjoys playing baseball and is working with coaches to have his team explicitly commit to being drug-free. Since finding out that many members of his team have or currently use drugs as a source of recreation, Andrew has set out to try to get his coaches to join the Boo Radley Club and encouraged his teammates to join as well.

Andrew also talks with his teammates - friends and teammates for three years -- about their life goals to help them stay focused and drug-free.  Andrew  always voices his goal to play MLB and says that drugs and alcohol would absolutely prohibit him from reaching his goal.  Andrew does this in a casual way, not in any type of formal setting, and by his own will.  Andrew  knows that talking to his peers about drrug use in casual, friendly setting, he can be more successful. It is important to Andrew to remind his teammates of their goals when he hears they might be wanting to attempt to take drugs or drink alcohol.  

Andrew uses humor in an effort to help his friends feel comfortable when talking about drugs and alcohol.  He also uses recent, relevant events to help his peers understand the consequences of drug use, such as the recent arrest of pop star Justin Bieber. He explained to his friends why this young celebrity's behavior is wrong for doing the drugs and drinking under age. 

"Why do you think that the same destruction that happens to others won't happen to you?', Andrew asks his peers. " You can't let drugs get in your way when you have goals."