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ASK Holds Annual Save-a-Life Event at Lakeland High School

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Yorktown High School students Samantha Penneys, Madelin Marr, Elizabeth O’Donnell, Lindsay Boyle and Danielle Tridley on their way to the “Dating Game” workshop, which discusses healthy relationships. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
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Inside the Westchester County Police’s drunk driving simulator Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
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Jean Cesario, right, she speaks with Lorna Groux, owner and head instructor of Philam Self Defense. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
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Walter Panas High School students Racquel Romero, Samantha Knight and Celina Thomas wait outside of the Westchester County Police drunk driving simulator. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
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Jodi Weisberger, student assistance counselor, demonstrates how a flask disguised as a sunscreen bottle works to a parent in the “Hidden in Plain Sight” interactive demonstration. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
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Pieces of the “Hidden in Plain Sight” exhibit: a small flask disguised as a tampon and a shirt displaying the date of April 20, a day where people unofficially celebrate the consumption of marijuana. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
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Delaina Zerafa, founder of Strength2Survive, a nonprofit dedicated to providing peer-to-peer support for youths affected by mental illness. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
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SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – For the seventh year, Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) hosted its annual forum designed to inform and empower teens and their families regarding their mental health.

The event was held at Lakeland High School and attracted students and parents from outside high schools as well, including Walter Panas and Yorktown High School.

The event features interactive workshops for teens and adults that touch on such issues as body image, drug abuse, driving safety, anxiety, stress and signs of addiction. There are also booths set up by community organizations advertising resources such as support groups, treatment centers, fitness centers and drug use and prevention organizations.

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ASK calls the program one of its most successful and said Save-a-Life has directly touched the lives of over 2,500 community members since 2010.

This year’s keynote speaker was Jacy Good, a nationally recognized public speaker and advocate for cellphone-free roads. Good survived a car wreck in 2008 that killed her parents and left her partially paralyzed.  The accident was caused by a young, distracted driver, she said. Since then, she and her husband, Steve Johnson, created “Hang up and Drive,” an organization through which they travel the country to educate people about the dangers of cellphone use behind the wheel.

At this year’s forum, the couple spoke to adults and students regarding driving safety along with apps intended to limit cellphone use—such as LifeSaver—which are designed to deter drivers from using their phones.

The Westchester County Police Department was also present with its drunk driving simulator, which slows down driver response to show the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

Three seniors from Walter Panas High School caught up with Yorktown News as they waited to go inside: Racquel Romero, Samantha Knight and Celina Thomas said they find the event informative and helpful.

Knight has attended the past four events and said she appreciates its focus on mental health, as the subject is often taboo and she doesn’t have many other opportunities to learn about the subjects discussed at the event.

Romero added that she appreciates the personal experiences shared by many of the events’ speakers on subjects such as drug-use.

“They kept it really real,” she explained. “They weren’t saying, ‘Don’t do this or do this,’ they just gave us the facts.”

All three said they found the events’ subjects applicable to their lives. The event was concluded by a “Taste of Yorktown Celebration” in the cafeteria, where attendees enjoyed food provided by several area restaurants.

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