TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Embrace Life Recovery Center and the College of Southern Idaho are teaming up for an event to encourage teens to stay away from drug or alcohol use.
"Embrace the Challenge" highlights activities teens can try out instead in Southern Idaho.
“The younger that we can catch them and educate them, the better off the outcome usually is,” said J.J. Shawver, the Business Development Manage for Embrace Life Recovery Center. "It will not only draw awareness to the problem that we have, the epidemic that we have as far as alcohol and drugs in our community but also give kids a way to come in and build friendships and to discover that there are things to do.”
Embrace the Challenge is unique because it takes a different approach compared to other anti-drug campaigns. The event helps educate teenagers in a fun and interactive way.
Participants will go through CSI's challenge ropes course, encouraging them to use team-building skills to help them learn a valuable lesson and know that there is support and other resources available.
“We are going to have a question and answer session towards the end of the event so there will be people there, our staff will be there also answering questions that kids or parents might have,” said Shawver.
Teenagers between 13 and 17 can take part and will have to register for the event with a signature from a parent or guardian.
Registration forms are available at Embrace Life's building in Jerome, the Mini-Cassia County probation office, and flyers or registration forms can be emailed and signed electronically.
People can also call the Recovery Center at 208-595-2298 to ask for a digital registration. Same-day registration is also an option.
The event is on Saturday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone in the Magic Valley who is interested can attend.