Learning how to help youth "say no" to drugs

Feb. 15, 2013 @ 06:32 AM

Nationally recognized trainer, speaker and consultant Eric Rowles will lead a workshop in Rutherford County on Tuesday, Feb. 26 regarding substance abuse among youth.

Rowles, the president and CEO of "Leading to Change" will lead the free workshop at Spencer Baptist Church in Spindale hosted by the United Way Community Engagement Team (CET).  

The workshop is aimed at helping leaders better understand youth culture and ways to help them stay away from drugs.

Rowles is one of the country's foremost and sought-after experts on youth culture, substance abuse prevention and workforce development, said Suzanne Porter, the coordinator of CET. 

Porter said in order to get kids to just say "no" to beer, pot and pills, "you've got to speak their language . . . You'll have so much fun you'll forget that this is educational."

"His presentations are epic — the stuff that legends are made of. He’s a master motivational speaker and trainer who finds a way to connect with everyone through his stories, research, and real-life strategies," Porter said. "He’s also a father of two. So he talks the talk, and walks the walk."

 Porter is urging anyone interested in attending to bring a friend, colleague, neighbor, relative or any other adult who want a better understanding of youth culture, weaving substance abuse prevention into daily interaction with youth (on a professional or personal level), and keeping kids engaged in positive activities.

Attendance at the first workshop (last May)  is not a requirement of attending the workshop on Feb. 25. 

"If you work or volunteer for a youth-serving agency, or if there’s a child or teen in your life that you care about," Porter said it is very important to attend.

 The CET Youth Culture Workshop is free and is open to the public, but reservations must be made by Monday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. Call  286-3929.