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Top 24 Under 24 Drug Mythbusters
This was not easy. We received so many great nominations of young people using their talents and creativity to share science-based facts and dispell myths about drug use and abuse. It was no easy task to chose 24 from among this rockstar list, but ... the envelope please ... we're delighted to present the 2014 Top 24 Under 24 Drug Mythbusters!
To everyone who was nominated, thank you for "speaking truth to rumor" and for equipping your peers with the facts they need to make smart decisions for themselves and their futures.
About the Contest
About Selecting the Winners
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Meet the Winners
The winners were selected by a combination of your Facebook votes and a review SparkAction and our partners.
We include the Facebook vote tallies for the top 4. To see how your favorites did in the Facebooking voting phase, check out their full profile.
Josselyn is an advisory board member, mentor and advocate with MADD and SADD.
A personal tragedy sparked Alison's activism and commitment to sharing drug facts.
A youth leader who focuses on research-based ways to reduce drug use, without scare tactics.
A teen rock band from Illinois using their music and platform to advocate for healthy behavior.
A young person in long-term recovery who lead her university to form a recovery community.
Alex and a coalition of his classmates lead a local project called "Unmarketing Weed."
A "Health Rocks Action Leader" in Georgia, Ariana teaches summer classes on drug facts.
A young mom, Sarah beat depression and addiction to guide others to healthy lifestyles.
At 14, Jordyn launched a prescription drug disposal program in Wisconsin.
Michael is a leader in collegiate recovery who helped build a recovery system in his school.
Karlynn leads an Drug-Free Youth chapter in her high school and has led several events.
Zain installed the first permanent medication disposal unit Lamar County, Texas.
Katherine leads local campaigns with the Tobacco Free Missouri Youth Advisory Board.
Daniel helps Latino communities access accurate information on substance & tobacco prevention.
Trent organized a summer camp to teach about the effects of substance use and abuse.
Adam is pursuing a medical degree to help people avoid prescription drug addiction.
Simone combines scientific fact and stories from former addicts to educate at homeless shelters.
Evan organizes awareness-raising "raves" that blend music and information in a safe setting.
A YearUp student, Jonatan uses his creativity and IT skills to promote a drug-free lifestyle.
Bailey is a founder of her local youth action team on substance use and abuse.
Courtney saved a close friend from an OD and helped start a local Teen Institute.
Gianni designed and built a mobile drug-fact kiosk for his high school, and runs campaigns.
Brian helped design and launch a local Drug Myth week; other high schools are replicating it.
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We also loved these 11 nominees. Check out their inspiring and impressive stories.
Mythbuster: Scott Leonard
A recovered addict who started a sobriety dorm and works to help others stay clean. Scott, 18, used to be a... read on
Mythbuster: Julia Melvin
A "safety officer" and role model for sober living in her college sorority, Julia provided advice... read on
Mythbuster: Tian Berry
Active in local organizations sharing information about drug abuse and advocating for smoke-free Burlington.... read on
Mythbuster: Andrew Parker
Created a "Boo Radley Club" to link random acts of kindness to drug-free choices. Concerned about... read on
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Mythbusters: Arlington Teen Network Board
A local youth leadership board leading anti-substance abuse campaigns. The Arlington Teen Network Board is... read on
Mythbuster: Luis Tapia
A 22-year old with a drug-free lifestyle. Luis is 22 years of age from Arizona, and he lives his life alcohol... read on
Mythbuster: Veronica Beaupre
Blogging about healthy free time activities and substance abuse facts for her local prevention partnership.... read on
Mythbuster: Shelbie Knuckles
Shelbie goes above and beyond to organize events and create artwork to share in her school to encourage... read on
Mythbuster: Cassie McBee
An organizer and actor in the Georgia-based "haunted" House of Addictions. For more than two years... read on
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Mythbuster: Campbell Hawkes
18-year-old Campbell Hawkes regularly researches and reads through scientific studies and papers covering the... read on
SparkAction.org is a collaborative, nonprofit journalism and advocacy network to mobilize action for and by young people. In support of National Drug Facts Week 2014, SparkAction and our partners hosted the Top 24 Under 24 Drug Mythbusters contest and profile series. Join SparkAction and get information, inspiration and tools to make a difference.
About National Drug Facts Week
National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Through community-based events and activities on the Web, on TV, and through contests, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) encourages teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse.
Take the 2014 National Drug IQ Challenge.
This contest was held in support of National Drug Facts Week. It's not too early to start planning your activities for next year!
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