“A constant complaint from the teen population of Pacific County is the lack of activities available to them,” Gracie Manlow, TAC Project Coordinator said. “TAC aims to provide pro-social and safe alternatives that focus on students’ interests and hobbies.”
This is the second Town Hall that TAC has sponsored. A requirement from the Drug Free Communities Grant, Town Hall events focus on starting community discussions about drug and alcohol prevention.
“At Town Hall, our goal is get to the public thinking about underage substance use,” Manlow said. “It’s not always a pleasant conversation to have, but, as a community we need to be realistic about teen substance abuse.”
A free dinner catered by Las Maracas will be available to all attendees. During this time, various non-profits and organizations from all over the county will set up informational booths. These booths will be available for teens and community members to find volunteer opportunities that cater directly to their interests.
“TAC works hard to offer as many opportunities to our youth as possible,” Manlow said. “We want the students to know the whole community is rooting for their success.”
The keynote address will be given by Scott Backovich. Backovich is an internationally renowned youth motivational speaker for the LA area. Prior to speaking at Town Hall, Backovich will give a presentation for each of three high schools. Backovich’s presentations will be focused on prevention, and, more specifically, the positive effects of community collaborations.
“I saw Scott speak a few months ago and was completely blown away,” Manlow said. “For Scott, it’s not about talking at students; it’s about connecting with them where they are.”
Town Hall 2015 is a free event open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend, ask questions and learn more about building a more sustainable community.
“I hope that everyone will be able to attend Town Hall 2015,” Manlow said. “We’ve found that by working together as a community, we can change the future of our youth for the better.”