Our "Norwalk Strong" clubs at both high schools help raise awareness to prevent substance use and promote mental health.
BMHS & CGS club meets Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 in Room 1207. For 2023, our club president is Sof Ramos. Google classroom: 4bnhvaz
NHS & PTECH club meets Thursdays 2:30-3:30 in 403B (sometimes in the Public Forum room). For 2023, our club president is Dyan Sommerville. Google classroom: ntq26uh
Listen to Sof and Dyan explain the Norwalk Youth Survey to their peers!
What Our Teens Are Doing to Spread Awareness in the High Schools
Starting in 2021, our Norwalk Strong teens taught curriculum from Johnny's Ambassadors (a cannabis prevention organization) to health classes. The reception has been great, and we hope to continue these efforts into next year!
This past school year has been stressful for many high schoolers in Norwalk... That's why our "Norwalk Strong" teen clubs created wellness boxes this winter for students to use coping skills, learn how to get help, and leave encouraging messages for their peers. Be on the lookout for these boxes in your high school! In addition, TNP provided a stress management table at BMHS during the Week of Wellness in March.
Marijuana Awareness Table
In March, we raised awareness about marijuana in both high schools with our interactive activities during lunchtime. We also posted facts around NHS for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week.
Vaping Awareness Table
In February, our Norwalk Strong teen clubs were able to educate their peers and faculty on vaping misconceptions. The clubs set up awareness tables in the cafeterias at both high schools during lunch period. They encouraged student interaction and were able to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping, connecting with 400 teens! Teen vaping became a nation-wide epidemic before COVID. It decreased during the pandemic but seems to be increasing again. We hope that activities like these spark some change.
Teen Vaping Discussion
Our Norwalk Strong clubs gave us their feedback on the ongoing teen vaping epidemic. We followed the Seven Strategies for Prevention, and our club members brainstormed possible solutions. Some of their ideas included teaching students how to quit, implementing support groups for those with substance use disorders, and increasing the consequences when students are vaping in the schools. These ideas are meant to help teens get the help they need in order to quit. All of their ideas were shared at this month's TNP Coalition Meeting!
David Edward Garcia
Motivational speaker / comedian
David brought his awesome "Flip the Script" talk to NHS & PTECH on April 29 and to BMHS & CGS on June 8. Thanks to The Norwalk Partnership, City of Norwalk Youth Services & Community Services, Norwalk Educational Foundation, High Focus Centers, and Courage to Speak Foundation for this special presentation!
Day 1 is the same as Day 180
You wake up power on your computer and ignore it for the whole day
You aren’t learning instead you are just watching
No one talks about how we can’t see
How us students can’t focus
How we’ve lost all hope