Resources for Youth

High school students are invited to apply to become part of our UPC Youth Council and support a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol and other drugs. This is your opportunity to represent youth from your high school as well as Fairfax County. Teachers and administrators, recommend your students to join Youth Council.

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"Black Wednesday"

By Maggie Fischler | Mclean Patch | Nov 24, 2014

The day before Thanksgiving has become a day of binge drinking for many, including college students. Teens can find other fun things to do.

Thanksgiving is a time of family, friends and food. But the day before Thanksgiving is becoming for too many a day full of drinking, drugging and driving. “Black Wednesday,” as it is called because people black out after indulging in alcohol and drugs, is a day normally spent with friends rather than family. Read full article

Stay Safe This Halloween

Have a healthy Halloween, and “Stay Away from the Boooooooze!”

By Maggie Fischler | Kingstowne Rose-Hill Patch | October 29, 2014

Halloween has always been a fun time of tricks and treats for children. But as we become young adults, our Halloween nights begin to be celebrated differently. Suddenly, everyone is throwing a party, and whether mentioned directly in the invitation or not, it is implied that there will be alcohol there. But why do we need alcohol to have fun? Read full article


Be the Change You Want to See

By Jasmine Gibson | By | Oakton Patch July 30, 2014

After a week at the 30th Annual Youth Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) Leadership Conference, I feel it is impossible to not know now how to prevent myself and others from using drugs. Read full article

Give Yourself a Valentine

By Farhana Khan | Oakton Patch | February 10, 2014

February is heart month, with love spread across the community. Additionally, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, people are busying themselves with buying small gifts and cards, scavenging for chocolates on sale, and thinking of ways to spend special time with their loved ones. Read full article

"Change for Change" at West Potomac High School Jan. 29

By Kristen Talman | Oakton Patch | Jan 27, 2014

Alcohol and marijuana are the drugs most abused by teenagers. What comes next?    
Ecstasy (MDMA) B. Cocaine C. Bath Salts D. Prescription drugs and cough medicine E. Tobacco

This week, Jan. 27-Feb. 2, is one that all teens should be aware of. It is National Drug Facts Week sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, better known as NIDA.

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Teens: Resolve to Ring in New Year Safe and Healthy

By Jade Davis | Oakton Patch | Dec 30 ,2013

When many people, especially teens, think of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, parties and freedom come to mind. Many are off from work and school and get to celebrate in old traditions as well as modern celebrations. It's a very fun time, but sometimes the holiday spirit with easily accessible alcoholic beverages gets out of hand. Read full article