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For Immediate Release: November 8, 2013
Contact: Sandy Clark
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Email: sclark@westendnh.org

Sixth Annual Hollywood Invades Delaware Teen Summit

DOVER, Del.— Saturday, August 3 marks the 6th Annual Hollywood Invades Delaware, an event presented by the Delaware Prevention Coalition, a statewide collaborative group designed to build and strengthen the capacity of community partners to create, safe, healthy drug-free-communities.  The coalition is lead by West End Neighborhood House and implements a comprehensive statewide prevention effort to promote wellness and reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse in Delaware.

Hollywood Invades Delaware provides a series of events, resources and workshops for teens and their parents or guardians on a variety of prevention issues, including underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and other risky behaviors.  The Teen Summit, a central component of Hollywood Invades Delaware, features a discussion by Brandy Norwood, Songstress and Actress of the hit television show The Game.  Norwood will address many issues facing teens.  This year, the Teen Summit will take place on the campus of Delaware State University.

In addition to the Delaware Prevention Coalition, organizations including the United Way of Delaware, AstraZeneca, Delaware Prevention Behavioral Health Services (DPBHS), Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) and the YMCA of Wilmington will provide information that will encourage positive and critical thinking skills and promote self-respect and self-esteem. These sponsors and partners are excited to continue their efforts in developing these skills, using teen-lead workshops, as well as workshops for their families throughout the day.

Tyrone Jones, Director, Delaware External Affairs, AstraZeneca, reflected on the positive impact initiatives like this have on the Delaware community, “The Delaware Prevention Coalition is an example of a community organization that values and engages youth leaders in developing critical assets that will help them make  good, healthy decisions and avoid risky behavior”.  Michelle A. Taylor, President  & CEO of United Way Delaware added, “In partnership with the communities we serve, we at United Way of Delaware are in the middle of a great journey.  Our destination is a Delaware where all children start school ready to learn, and our adolescents are empowered to make healthy choices that set them up for success academically, in their communities and throughout their lives.  As good stewards of our next generation, we are building tomorrow’s leaders today”.

In addition to the workshops, summit attendees will tour Delaware State University to experience college for the day and attend a basketball game, sponsored by Duffy’s Hope, Inc.  Additional notable attendees include Carleton Carey, Mayor of Dover, Kareemah Abdullah, Director of the National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute and Vice President of Training Operations at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), as well as other notable politicians in the State of Delaware.

The Chairman of The Delaware Prevention Coalition, Anthony B. Wright expressed his gratitude, saying, “It is an honor and a privilege to work with the dedicated staff serving the youth, teens and families of Delaware providing healthy alternative and activities, like the Teen Summit”.

 

The Teen Summit is sponsored in part by a contract from the Division of Prevention & Behavioral Health Services, Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families through funds from the Federal Substance Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and Astra Zeneca.

The mission of West End Neighborhood House, Inc. (West End) is to help individuals achieve self-sufficiency, reach and maintain their maximum potential, and live responsibly and harmoniously in a healthy community and complex world. Founded in 1883, the agency serves approx. 9,000 individuals annually. West End helps clients achieve ultimate self-sufficiency through outcomes-driven programming, utilizing innovative solutions to resolve complex social challenges throughout Delaware. Program services are provided in the areas of education, employment, housing, financial management and community development.

 

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