The San Diego County Office of Education’s (SDCOE) Friday Night Live team recently honored students and their respective chapters for their work in delivering prevention messages to their schools and communities during the 2018-19 school year.
More than 130 students, staff members, and parents attended the Excellence In Prevention dinner held at SDCOE’s main office in Linda Vista.
“Our end-of-year dinner provides San Diego Friday Night Live with the opportunity to celebrate chapter accomplishments, increase parent support, and thank and recognize advisors and youth for all of their hard work,” said Sal Garcia, youth development project specialist at SDCOE.
Among the honorees was the San Marcos Club Live youth group that was recognized for its efforts to eliminate all smoking in San Marcos parks earlier this year. With a robust information campaign, seven students successfully convinced the San Marcos City Council to eliminate the designated smoking areas and declare all parks “smoke-free.”
The goal of Friday Night Live, and its middle school counterpart Club Live, is to build partnerships for positive and healthy youth development that engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities. There are approximately 45 Friday Night Live and Club Live chapters in San Diego County with participation from more than 600 youth.