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Eighth grade service project: Mentoring could steer teens away from drugs, alcohol

In Grand County, with very few things to do on a Friday night, youth get sucked into everything we said we’d avoid in grade school. Alcohol use is a huge problem here. We have one of the highest amounts of underage drinking in the country. Why? Because it’s a small community. Some kids avoid the influences by throwing themselves into extracurriculars. Others just keep to themselves, and they live in the world of books, or video games.

The ones that do give in lose everything. They forget what they live for. They forget their friends and everything they hold close to their hearts. Getting drunk or high is all they think about. For kids who hate school, and don’t have a greatest home life, they need to find an outlet.

If such an outlet were provided for troubled kids, maybe they could turn their life around, or even prevent usage of certain substances. It’s been proven that mentoring can lower the underage usage of illegal substances and teen pregnancies by 7 percent. If youth are our future, let’s make sure they actually have a future.

Daria Tikhanova

8th grade, EGMS

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