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Save-a-Life Forum Returns to Yorktown Sunday

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Kevin Hines, who survived a jump off of the Golden Gate Bridge, is now a suicide prevention advocate. He was the keynote speaker at last year's Save-a-Life event. Credits: File Photo/Lakeland Central School District
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SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) is hosting the seventh annual Save-a-Life Forum from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Lakeland High School.

Save-a-Life is a program designed to inform and empower high school students and adults to be community allies and first responders to support teens and families in crisis. As one of ASK’s leading programs, Save-a-Life has directly touched the lives of over 2,500 community members since 2010. Last year, nearly 500 members of the community attended.

Save-a-Life will feature keynote speaker Jacy Good, a nationally recognized public speaker and advocate for cellphone-free roads. Good miraculously survived a 2008 crash caused by a distracted driver, but itclaimed the lives of both her parents and left her partially paralyzed. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to educate the country about the dangers of cellphone use behind the wheel. Good will help ASK to enforce its “STOP TXTING U R DRIVING” initiative.

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ASK will also honor News 12 anchor Tara Rosenblum for her award-winning “Hooked on Heroin” coverage. With the use of heroin rising over the past few years in the Hudson Valley, Rosenblum took an in-depth look at the heroin epidemic and the lives of those who have been impacted.

Save-a-Life will also feature unique interactive workshops for adults and high school students.

Student Workshops

  • Tobacco, E-Cigs and Vaping
  • Medicine Use, Misuse and Abuse
  • Understanding the Heroin Epidemic
  • The Dating Game
  • Driving Safety
  • House Parties
  • Transitioning to College: Safeguard Tools
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Healthy Body Image
  • Eating Disorders and Other Harmful Behaviors
  • EMT/Emergency Room Visits—Alcohol Poisoning and Drug Overdose

Adult Workshops

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Signs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and How to Help
  • It’s Just a House Party... What Could Go Wrong? (Video followed by panel discussion)

All Save-a-Life participants will be rewarded with the annual Taste of Yorktown experience: a room filled with signature dishes from 12 local restaurants to thank the participants for volunteering their Sunday afternoon to both teach and learn skills to better their community. Program certificates (for résumé/portfolios) and five community service hours will be given to all high school participants.

Save-a-Life will be free for all participants, thanks to exclusive sponsor WestMed Medical Group. Presenting sponsors are: Empire BlueCross BlueShield; Health Alliance on Alcohol; TD Bank; and the Yorktown Lions; Keynote Sponsors are: Cortlandt Community Coalition; Jefferson Valley Mall; and Yorktown High School PTA.

Businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring this community forum should contact Erica Stanzione at erica@allianceforsafekids.org or 914-736-1450. 

To register, or for more information, please visit: allianceforsafekids.org/savealife.

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