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Centerstone Launches New Program for Ft. Campbell Youth

“Be Sharp” to Provide Substance Abuse Prevention Education at Taylor Youth Center

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, has launched, “Be Sharp,” a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program for youth in Ft. Campbell, Ky. The program, which is being offered at the Taylor Youth Center located on Ft. Campbell, will help youth ages 10 to 16 make healthy decisions and avoid risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol use.

“The pre-teen and teenage years are critical. Decisions made and habits begun during these years can impact a young person’s entire life,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “Be Sharp gives young people the tools and knowledge they need to make smart choices and avoid using drugs and alcohol.”

Be Sharp targets youth who are at high risk for substance use and abuse, and encourages them to avoid risky behaviors by developing healthy communication and negotiation skills, enhancing motivation and anti-drug attitudes and promoting resiliency.

As part of the program, Centerstone specialists will lead weekly group sessions that use a variety of teaching strategies to guide youth participants to make healthy choices in their everyday lives. The sessions include a service-learning component in which participants have the opportunity to become active in their community. Be Sharp also aims to educate and engage parents through take-home assignments from weekly group sessions, parent meetings and newsletters, and the recruitment of parents to help with the service project.

Be Sharp is based on a drug prevention curriculum called Keepin’ It REAL, which was identified as a model program by the Center for Substance Abuse Programs (CSAP) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Centerstone offers Be Sharp in rural Middle Tennessee counties, including: Dickson, Giles, Houston, Lawrence, Maury, Montgomery and Robertson.

For more information about Be Sharp, contact Camille Lashlee at 615-460-4590 or camille.lashlee@centerstone.org.

About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities and 170 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves more than 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or explore our website: www.centerstone.org.

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