The STAND UP Leadership Team of Delaware County accepted a $4,750 donation Jan. 28 from Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien to help boost the preventative program.
“It is my honor to support such an exceptional group of young adults who work hard to make a difference,” O’Brien said. “I have great respect for these teens who do so much to make their school and community a better place by striving for a healthy, drug-free environment.”
The donation was made in accordance with a law that directs a portion of the office’s law enforcement trust fund to be used in connection with community preventive education programs.
The STAND UP Leadership Team is a structured group of high school teens who focus on teen issues, peer mentoring and providing positive role models. They also aid area agencies and boards by identifying community needs and driving youth programming in the county.
“I am so grateful for the support we have received here today,” said STAND Facilitator Amy Hawthorne. “This funding helps to ensure that drug-free education programs continue to teach successful decision-making skills to Delaware County teens.”
Originating in 2007, the STAND UP group is coordinated by the Delaware General Health District and HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow counties. STAND UP partners with all the Delaware County high schools and coordinators work with school staff and administration to invite teens to participate in a dynamic group advocating alcohol-free, tobacco-free and drug-free lifestyles.
“Working with these amazing teens is an awesome opportunity, but to also have the support and backing from community partners such as the prosecutor’s office just adds to the success of STAND UP Leadership,” said STAND Coordinator Matthew Brooker. “We are so thrilled and look forward to another impactful year.”