This Versailles youth team also developed a poster, audio PSA and a video for a statewide contest. In May the group got together with caring adults to inform the adults of the projects they had been completed. The gathering concluded with a presentation of their work. These youth had developed the concept of the video as well as planning for the needs to complete the project. CLEAR received notification that their video was one of the top five videos which were presented to youth who attended the Missouri Tobacco Free Youth State Summit conference during June, 2015.
The quality of the recording needed to be improved so in September 2015, students gathered at Memories Lane Retreat Center, Versailles along with William Holtz, Lake TV Sports Director and crew to record the video. Students included in the video are: Quinton Ryerson, David Connor, Jonathan Geier, Kelsie Byars, Abi Faron and Gage Smith. Community members in the video are Mark Cramer and Gary Barnard. The video is being released to the community through social media, and television. The video is showing daily at COMO channel 90, Charter communications 197, and streaming 24/7 from any computer, tablet or smartphone at www.mylaketv.com The link to the video is:https://youtu.be/yX9LwAm_aEY.
This school year two teams from Versailles High School are being formed. Youth will be attended their first training on Tuesday, November 17th at First Assembly of God church in Versailles. During this training youth learned about the risks of secondhand smoke and the benefit of smoke-free communities. They were joined by other youth tobacco free groups from Stover, Clinton, and Windsor. Following this training these teams will plan and complete three projects to improve their community’s environments. The project will include a youth rally in Jefferson City on Kick Butts Day 2016. At Morgan County RII, Donna Chapman, CLEAR coordinator and MCRII SADD sponsor, will mentor the groups. For more information, contact the high school office or CLEAR coalition 573-789-5509.
This project involves a partnership between Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program (CTCP), the Morgan County Health Center and CLEAR coalition. Youth training and projects were funded by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program’s Contract for Coalition Building and Support, #DH150004001.