SUMMIT, NJ - The second Parent Wellness Series Event for 2018-19 is entitled 'Vaping and Marijuana: What You Need to Know', and will be held November 13, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Governor Livingston High School Auditorium.

The session will be presented by Michael DeLeon, the founder of Vineland, NJ-based Steered Straight, a nonprofit organization formed in 2000 and designed to carry an important message to youth on the extreme dangers of drugs, gang involvement and associated criminal activity.

Steered Straight’s program reaches out to children, teens and young adults with a message of reality about life-choices and the importance of consequential thinking so that they understand that there are consequences to their actions. The reality of the message comes from Michael himself, who was entwined in the life of drugs and traveled a troubling road to get to his future. Throughout the country, Michael now leads a team of talented speakers who present a realistic and powerful prevention message.  His “no holds back” message resonates well with student assemblies, faculty and parents.

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DeLeon also, in 2012, founded Stay In Your Lane Media, the media arm of Steered Straight, which has produced four award-winning documentaries, Kids Are Dying, An American Epidemic, Marijuana X and Road to Recovery. His fifth documentary, Higher Power, is currently in post-production.

At the event, parents will learn information about:

  • The latest drug trends,
  • The signs and symptoms to watch for, and
  • How to be better equipped to speak with your children.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Public School Districts of Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Millburn, New Providence and Summit -- led by their superintendents and school assistance counselors -- have joined to host a series of programs that focus on the challenges and needs of students and their families.

Each participating District will host an event scheduled throughout the school year.

Governor Livingston High School is located at 175 Watchung Boulevard in Berkeley Heights.