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BAPC Launches Above the Influence Campaign and Video Contest!

atiThe Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) is proud to announce the launch of the Above the Influence Campaign. Throughout the month of April, Above the Influence posters, messages and giveaways will feature ideas and works created by local youth!  Materials and messages will be distributed throughout WSESU schools and youth serving organizations.

How are you Above the Influence? As part of the campaign, BAPC is hosting a video contest with teens ages 12 to 17 to express how they are above the influence! One first prize and runner-up prizes will be awarded on April 18th. Winning video contestants may participate in training and support to make their video an official Above the Influence Public Service Announcement. The winning video will be aired on next Fall,  featured in local publications and school mailings!

Youth can enter the competition at the Windham County Above the Influence Facebook page or by sending works to BAPC PO Box 6008, Brattleboro, Vermont, 05302.  Submissions will be accepted through April 13th. Teens are encouraged to “LIKE” our page to get involved and more original works of art! Not interested in making a video? You can still be a winner! BAPC will send free giveaways for “Above the Influence” original photography, designs, or other artwork posted on the Facebook page during the month of April!

Competition is open to anyone in Windham County under 17 years old and must be original. The only requirement is that it MUST have a positive message about being Above the Influence.  Submissions cannot contain inappropriate language; promote violence, drug use, negative behavior or a negative message. BAPC reserves the right to exclude any submission deemed inappropriate. Visit www.facebook.com/wcabovetheinfluence to learn more and download contest guidelines and submission form here

Adults can get involved too! Join BAPC in creating a community that fosters a safe, supportive, and healthy place for all of us to live and grow. Businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring the campaign can contact BAPC Communications Coordinator, Morgan Webster at 257-2175 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Celebrate Substance-Free This Prom and Graduation Season

Ask any teacher or teen—the level of excitement in high school hallways and classrooms is palpable. The end of the school year is fast approaching, and local teens are preparing to celebrate at proms and graduation parties around the region.

These students have a lot to celebrate and are looking forward to sharing memorable experiences with friends and family. Whether those memories evoke happiness or pain, however, may depend upon crucial decisions about the use of alcohol and drugs.

Read more: Celebrate Substance-Free This Prom and Graduation Season


Marijuana Use: What Kids and Parents Need to Know

Senate Bill 238, a bill under consideration that would decriminalize possession of up to 4 ounces of marijuana, has generated significant discussion about marijuana use in our local community. As adults debate the state’s stance toward marijuana offenders, our community needs to send a clear and consistent message to young people: marijuana is an addictive, harmful drug.

Read more: Marijuana Use: What Kids and Parents Need to Know

Addressing Underage Drinking

Why 21 logoAs the debate continues about the legal drinking age in the U.S. and around the world, it is important to recognize arguments based on myth and learn the facts. See www.why21.org to learn more.