House of Sweden
2900 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
For the eight year, Mentor Foundation USA is partnering with the Embassy of Sweden and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to host a ‘Shatter the Myths’ youth rally, giving youth a voice to address the threats of substance abuse.
200 local high school students will have the opportunity to interact with a top U.S. scientist and learn about the real effects drug abuse has on the adolescent brain. They will also hear from inspirational guest speakers, including a heartfelt testimony from a parent who lost a child to drug abuse, and then express their own thoughts and feelings around this topic in a poetry slam workshop and performance.
‘Shatter the Myths‘ is a program designed to dispel myths that youth have about drugs such as “Everybody is doing it” and “One time will not harm me.” By focusing on the innate talents youth have and providing a platform to make their voices heard, youth become their own advocates for staying drug–free.
H.E. Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter, Embassy of Sweden
Karin Jordås, Secretary General, Mentor International & Mentor Sweden
Dr. Ruben Baler, Scientist on the Neurobilogoy of Dug Abuse & Addiction – NIDA
Mary Winnefeld, Parent Guest Speaker, Safe US
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