ROCKY MOUNT – On Friday 8/19/16 the Fresh Coalition, Chill and YMCA partnered to offer a free event to middle school students. The event held at the YMCA featured a drug and alcohol free theme and was designed to give kids a safe and fun alternative to substance abuse. It featured a DJ, swimming, free snacks, a photographer, and information about substance abuse prevention. Around 125 students attended the event.
The YMCA was set up to offer a “dance floor” with local basketball coach and Fresh Coalition member Tony Wright showcasing some dance moves and providing the music. There was a basketball area setup and inflatables for kids to race on. There was also an additional space setup for a local photographer to take group photos of students with their friends and class mates.
“It’s important to provide fun and active alternatives for county youth. This event is a great way to provide a social experience that focuses on fun,” says Regina Clark, a member of Fresh.
Fresh and the YMCA are both working towards decreasing the estimated 40% of Franklin County Youth who have experimented with drugs and alcohol. As a part of this broader mission the Fresh coalition offers family fun nights, after prom events and informational sessions to the community. The Y offers everything from swim lessons to all 2nd graders, to wellness programs, to mentoring and leadership programs for youth.
This was the third collaboration between Fresh and the Y which has included middle school dances and an after prom event. The ongoing partnership aims to give youth alternatives to negative behavior while helping to build stronger families and a stronger community.