As more and more of our Mitrata students mature into their late teens and become increasingly exposed to external influences, such as, alcohol, tobacco and marijuana, our BSF partner requested our assistance in providing information to help the students make informed decisions about their overall health. Today, Pam facilitated a several hour workshop to 25 of our 11th and 12th grade students and bachelor level candidates on the effects of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana on the human brain and body, especially the still-developing teenage brain. The students learned about the structure and function of the brain and how the negative effects of those drugs on the teenage brain generally lead to addition more quickly than in older adults. Pam led them through fun exercises and small and large group discussions. They ended the day with a practical understanding of peer pressure and discussed ways to help combat that pressure.
Pam has significant experience with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and the students benefited greatly from today's lessons. They had a lot of fun while learning how to take care of their brains.