HONOLULU - The Hawaii Meth Project last week announced the newly appointed student members of its Teen Advisory Council for the 2013-14 school year, including four Maui students.
The council assists the Hawaii Meth Project in its statewide community outreach program. Student members will help raise awareness about the risks of methamphetamine use and provide a teen perspective on the prevention campaign's strategies and messages.
Members of the 2013-14 Teen Advisory Council representing Maui are Lahainaluna High School senior Alicia Huliganga, Baldwin High School junior McKayla Wandell, and returning members Oksana Gil of King Kekaulike High School and Rachel Nguyen of Seabury Hall, both seniors.
"It is such an honor to have been selected to serve on the Teen Advisory Council for a second term," said Gil.
"I'm excited to continue working with the Hawaii Meth Project this year doing peer-to-peer outreach. It's so important that we as teenagers understand the risks of meth use and feel empowered to make positive decisions to stay away from meth."
For this year's advisory council, 19 public and private high school students from Maui, Lanai, Kauai, Hawaii Island and Oahu were selected through a competitive application and interview process.
During their term, council members will be involved in a number of outreach and service projects. They will represent the Hawaii Meth Project at community events, initiate activities and projects at their schools, and engage peers online via social media.
"This is the fourth consecutive year that we have been privileged to work with such talented and motivated student leaders," said David Earles, executive director of the Hawaii Meth Project.
"Peer-to-peer interaction is critical to sharing our message with Hawaii's youth. Our goal is to enable the members of this Teen Advisory Council to be strong voices in their communities far beyond the time they spend working directly with us here at the Hawaii Meth Project."
Since the Teen Advisory Council was formed in 2010, student members have been instrumental in reaching out to their peers and expanding the teen volunteer base within their respective communities.
Many council members take on the task of organizing Meth Awareness Days on their own campuses. The programs consist of interactive presentations focused on educating students about the risks of meth use by incorporating the use of social and cultural activities, such as art and dance.
The Hawaii Meth Project is a nonprofit organization that implements large-scale, research-based campaigns and community action programs to reduce methamphetamine use in the state.
Central to its integrated campaigns is MethProject.org - a definitive source for information about meth for teens.
The Hawaii Meth Project is affiliated with The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a national nonprofit organization working to help families solve the problem of teen substance abuse.
For more information, visit Hawaii .MethProject.org.