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August 2, 2022  8:30am-3:30pm

Hampton Inn Col Alto - 401 E. Nelson St, Lexington, VA 24450

Many of us don't understand teens or the world they live in. We have developed an event to help you better understand the current substance use trends, behaviors, signs and symptoms and to provide you the tools to confidently have open conversations.

Keys Points:
Gain insight into a teenagers daily life 
Popular substances
What to look for and how to identify them
Possible roots of unusual behavior; attitude changes, declining grades, withdrawn/ or over-involvement
Best conversation approaches
Helping students over obstacles and build resilience
Keep the conversations going
Where & how to get help


2022 Schedule

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*Program schedule, speakers, and times are subject to change
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Meet the Speakers - Coming soon 

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Ashley Bendiksen (Keynote) – Mental Wellness and Resilience

For more than a decade, Ashley has made a transformational impact on the lives of youth and the adults who serve them. Despite being homeless, a college dropout, and a victim of dating abuse, Ashley rose to achieve extraordinary success.  Defying the odds, Ashley became Class Valedictorian, an award-winning activist, and a nonprofit founder. She also discovered her purpose, becoming an acclaimed expert in mental health, resilience, healthy relationships, and leadership development.  Ashley is living proof that “anything is achievable.” Her powerful story motivates students of all backgrounds to aim high, believe in themselves, and achieve their dreams – from struggling at-risk students to motivated student leaders.

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Johna Jenkins - Talking to Teens about Addiction

More information coming soon


Brittney Klinger - Grief

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Students in Rockbridge Promoting Healthy Alternatives (SiRPHA)

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Ashley Coleman - Reducing Stigma Surrounding Substance Use

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Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office- Hidden in Plain Sight

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Check out a few sessions from
past Prevention Forums

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