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February Topic: Drug & Alcohol Prevention

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest New Jersey: Drug & Alcohol Prevention Event

Wayne, NJ- The key to drug and alcohol prevention is education. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest New Jersey hosted a special evening of education and awareness on drug and alcohol prevention on Wednesday, February 23rd.  Keynote speaker, John Plunkett, Outreach Coordinator with BlueCrest Recovery Center in Woodland Park, spoke to thirty-eight middle school and high school members and other young people in the community about the risks and dangers associated with drugs and alcohol, educated youth on hidden substances and vaping, the choices they are faced with, and the importance of open communication with parents or loved ones.

This special evening event was held at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest New Jersey’s Wayne Club. This event was part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Program, Triple Play Program that is conducted at both their Wayne and Pequannock Clubs. The Triple Play Program is a dynamic wellness program that offers a holistic approach to nurturing the mind, body, and soul, that helps your child to succeed in school, make healthy choices, stay fit, avoid drugs and alcohol and gain leadership skills.

The event began at 6:30 pm with pizza and light refreshments served and concluded with a Q&A session. This program provided an opportunity for a safe and inviting space for attendees to ask questions and leave with an understanding of the effects of drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, and choices, which was the key takeaway from the evening’s event.