The Hawaii Meth Project is seeking applicants for its 2013-14 Teen Advisory Council. Public, private and home-schooled ninth- through 12th-grade students may apply for one of 20 positions available statewide. Council members lead and facilitate peer outreach through activities at their schools and in their communities. Members will serve from July 2013 to June 2014.
Teen Advisory Council members encourage teen volunteerism and community engagement by spearheading outreach opportunities. Members raise awareness of the dangers and risks of methamphetamine abuse statewide through an array of activities including recruiting and organizing teen volunteers, creating and leading educational activities at their schools, and reaching out to peers via social media. They also advise and consult with Hawaii Meth Project staff, aid in the planning and facilitating of school and community events, and participate in monthly conference calls with fellow council members.
“In addition to gaining valuable experience, members of the Teen Advisory Council play a crucial role in helping to make the Hawaii Meth Project a more effective program,” said David Earles, Executive Director of the Hawaii Meth Project. “By providing a teen perspective on the project’s public education and outreach activities, we gain feedback on how to best reach our target audience.”
Applicants must have an email address for group communications, be willing to check email regularly, and be able to attend up to two workshops in Honolulu, including a training session during the summer — travel and expenses are provided. Council members must also be willing to dedicate volunteer service work monthly and promote a drug-free lifestyle. An official application is available at methproject.org/action/hawaii. Parental consent is required. A completed application and two letters of reference — one from a teacher or school counselor and one from a coach, community or business leader — must be submitted via fax at 356-8645 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. May 15. The Hawaii Meth Project is solely responsible for selecting candidates it believes are best qualified to serve on the Teen Advisory Council.
For more information, visit Hawaii.MethProject.org.