Florida Department of Health in Hendry County (FDOH-Hendry) and Drug Free Hendry County (DFHC) and one of their Live Positive 863 students were honored for their achievement for the prevention of underage drinking at the 2017 Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Statewide Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony.
DFHC was nominated as a community group and their Live Positive 863 student, Lily Paniagua, was nominated as an individual for the category of underage drinking prevention.
Drug Free Hendry was nominated for the social norms campaign, Live Positive 863, which highlights high school students in both Hendry and Glades Counties, who live a positive life without any alcohol, substance abuse, or tobacco use. Live Positive 863 is designed to be a peer to peer mentoring campaign which allows students to share their story on how they are able to deal with daily pressures. These students are hand selected after a thorough search to verify that they are not promoting any negative behaviors and are a leader within their school and community.
After being chosen, the students participate in a photo shoot that typically highlights one of his or her favorite activities. The best photo is used on posters that are then displayed in all middle and high schools around Hendry and Glades Counties.
On the poster, students see a Live Positive 863 member, the school that they represent and a fun quote that amplifies living alcohol and drug free. Live Positive 863 members are also featured on Drug Free Hendry County’s webpage and social media accounts. Students involved in the Live Positive 863 Campaign become local celebrities and role models who prove that alcohol and drugs are not needed to have fun.
FDOH Hendry/Glades and Drug Free Hendry continues to dedicate itself to making sure teens are not making poor choices, are living positively, and staying drug free. For more information about this campaign, please contact Luci Cisnero at the Florida Department of Health in Hendry County 863-674-4041 ext. 6032 or visit www.LivePostive863.com
Photo left to right: David Pinsker-MADD Florida State Executive Director, Luci Cisnero, Lily Paniagua- Live Positive 863 student, Melissa Franco- Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Coordinator for FDOH Hendry, Crystal Gomez- Tobacco Prevention Specialist for FDOH-Hendry and Kelsey Kraft-Miss Florida