Students from La Reina High School (Thousand Oaks) spent three days with Straight Up in September 2014, making prevention videos, learning about advocacy, and sharing their views and opinions.
Three of the students made this short video, Don’t Give Up:
In addition to creating, shooting and producing prevention videos, the seniors participated in focus groups about social networking, toured an anti-smoking display at PARK(ing) Day in downtown Ventura, played Straight Up’s interactive gameshow, and even managed time to write about their experiences.
17-year-old Lara C wrote:
I thought this was a great experience. It really opened my eyes to the extent and reality behind teens and our underage drinking generation. I loved getting to make videos and share my thoughts.
18-year-old Bobbi E wrote:
Working with Straight Up Ventura for these past three days has been an inspirational experience. The dedication of each of the employees truly shines in the prevention work they do for the community. Straight Up has found a way to intertwine their passions for acting and improve with beneficial community building. The upbeat personalities of each of the adults we worked with has emphasized how passionate they are about their cause. I have truly been touched, learning about the countless hours these individuals put in to prevention through their Reality Parties and the DD to win programs. They are creative in their pursuits but productive in their actions. The community truly has been changed by Straight Up’s work. Without the work they do, change will not come. We need more people like the Straight Up volunteers and employees in order to positively change our world.
We were mutually impressed by these young women and their intelligence, dedication and positive spirit!