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Area youth attend conference to provide a positive alternative to drugs, alcohol use



TADAA! TEAM: The TADAA! team with sponsors Barbara Mills (third from left) and Yvette Schultz (at right), include from left, Lauren Weddle, Becky Fink, Sydney Rains, Kristina Laggewaard, Chase Green and Scotty Harrington.

The Klickitat and Lyle Teens Against Drugs and Alcohol (TADAA!) were able to attend the National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI) training last month, in Seattle, thanks to the support of the Klickitat and Lyle school districts, ESD 112 and donations by The Dalles Burgerville, Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Republic Services.

Six youth members of TADAA!, the youth group of the Klickitat and Lyle Against Substance Abuse Coalition (KLASAC), attended the training as part of their goal to build prevention leadership in the communities of Klickitat, Dallesport, and Lyle .


PIKE'S PLACE MARKET: The group made the obligatory stop at Pike's Place Market. Front, Sydney Rains and Scotty Harrington, middle, Becky Fink and Lauren Weddle, back, Rita Pinchot and Jeff Wolfinger.

The NYLI is committed to strengthening the skills and capacity of young people to influence positive change in the communities where they live, learn and grow. Three students from Klickitat Middle and High School, three students from Lyle High School and two of their adult advisors attended the training as part of the larger 2015 National Prevention Network conference from Nov. 17 through Nov. 19. The team developed a model to promote positive change in their community with the overall goal of reducing the negative impacts of alcohol and other drug use in their community. They will be sharing this model with local groups throughout December. Anyone interested in learning more can contact the KLASAC Youth Advisor, Rita Pinchot by emailing


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