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MATFORCE Receives Prestigious National Award
MATFORCE’s multi-faceted approach to reducing prescription drug abuse led to this honor and was one of only four programs to receive the award in the nation.
Marijuana Harmless? Think Again!, a program of MATFORCE, offers information on the harms of the drug marijuana and resources for prevention specialist and anti-drug coalitions. Click here to find out more
MATFORCE Speakers Bureau member Jason Burns is a Hon Kachina Volunteer Award winner. Each year the Hon Kachina Council and St. Luke’s Health Initiatives honor deserving volunteers from across the state for their outstanding work in improving the lives of others in our communities. Burns was one of seven winners for 2016.
Jason, who is mentally and physically challenged from a drunk-driving accident in 2002, shares his story with children and young adults throughout Yavapai County; a story that on one hand is tragic and full of regret, but also uplifting and powerful.
Jason said, “I could allow my accident to define me or I could make something positive of my situation. It is very rewarding knowing I can make a difference in someone’s life just by sharing my own experiences. As a speaker for MATFORCE, I want students to understand that if I can save just one of them from going through what I did, that is payment enough for me.”
Watch Jason’s story: https://youtu.be/HttpAwicVuM
MATFORCE announces the results of its “Stand With Me, Be Drug Free” Video contest. The annual contest is designed to give youth in Yavapai County the opportunity to express their voices and opinions in order to make a positive effect on reducing the abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Middle School Category First Place – Doggie Do Drugs, By Trenton Gullikson and Micah Peterson
Second Place – Don’t Do Drugs, by Emmanuel Chaidez of Glassford Hill Middle School, Prescott Valley
Third Place – Which life will you choose?, by Lesly Castillo of Glassford Hill Middle School
High School Category First Place – How to Roll a Joint, by Cameron Bloniarz of Mingus Union High School Second Place – Don’t Worry About It, by Brett Loroi, Ethan Westling, and Zommy Zuhlke of Mingus Union High School
Third Place – Don’t Be an @$$, Just Say Neigh!!!, by Team Digital of Camp Verde High School
Third Place – The Skittle Party, by Griffin Franklin, Noah Detwiler, Alex Lloyd, Patrick Wilson, Nick Doerkson, Nick Bloniarz, and Chris Williams of Mingus Union High School
MATFORCE announces Ashley Wassell, an 11-year old student from Big Park School in Sedona, and Gage Sloniger, a 13-year old student from Mountain View Preparatory School in Cottonwood, are the grand prize winners of the MATFORCE 2016 Youth Poster Contest. In honor of their outstanding entries, these winners will each receive a $250 cash award.
MATFORCE’s poster contest is an annual event held to raise awareness about the risks of drug and alcohol abuse. Each year hundreds of students from throughout the county take part in the poster drawing event. This year’s theme was ‘Stand With Me, Be Drug Free.’ Winning posters will be featured in MATFORCE substance abuse prevention materials, including posters, in prevention workbooks for schools and on the MATFORCE website.
In addition to grand prize, first place winners were selected in seven different age categories. First place winners each will receive a $25 gift card. First place winners by category are: Age 5/6 – Jasmine Bryant, American Heritage Academy in Cottonwood; Age 7/8 – Brooklyn Renfroe, Mountain View Elementary School in Prescott Valley; Age 9/10 – Collin Riely Handley, Granite Mountain Middle School in Prescott; Age 11/12 – Kayla Shimko, Granite Mountain Middle School in Prescott; Age 13/14 -Gicel Olivas, Camp Verde High School; Age 15/16 – Usualdo Herrera, Camp Verde High School; and Age 17/18 – Daan Enrique-Mata of Chino Valley.
To view the winning artwork click here
The Yavapai County Youth Council is looking for students in 5th – 12th grade to participate in a youth-led group. We want your input!
Have fun participating in
* anti-substance abuse campaigns
* media commercials
* community events
Earn scholarships and service hours based on participation.
Join YC2 today! Click here for an application.
Recognizing Those Who Are Creating a Positive Change in Our Communities.
In striving to reduce substance abuse, one of MATFORCE’s goals is to encourage positive and healthful activities and opportunities for everyone in our communities. That is why MATFORCE would like to recognize our community Game Changers.
There are many in our community who are Game Changers. Game Changers are youth or adults, who are going ‘above-and-beyond’ to increase positive community changes. They are making a real difference in the lives of others.
You can nominate a youth, adult, group, business or organization that is making an outstanding effort in Yavapai County. Outstanding efforts or projects can be in any area, not just related to substance abuse. It can be an outstanding effort that minimizes a potential risk. Or it can be a positive effort in schools, businesses or the community that increases things like: health, safety, opportunity, knowledge or skills.