This is the final blog post written by young adult Jaimee H, who interned with Straight Up over summer 2014. Jaimee’s moving on to great things, doing health education and prevention abroad!
Supporting one another is what makes our community a stronger, happier, and healthier place.
Straight Up volunteers and employees went to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors this summer to support Friday Night Live (FNL), a local nonprofit that also works to spread awareness among our youth of social issues such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, tobacco, and traffic safety. Youth advocates from the El Rio chapter of FNL presented their research on the lack of retailer abidance to the Lee Law, a law that (among other things) regulates the amount of alcohol and tobacco advertisements a retailer may have on their windows to maintain a clear view inside the store.
What the teens found was that a great majority of retailers in their communities do not abide by the restrictions of the law and use loopholes to get away with it. The youth were extremely well put together and presented their findings in a very professional matter. The board was impressed by the group’s research and agreed with their request for greater enforcement of the Lee Law.