Teen Talk Helps Educate Teens On Dangers Of Drug Use

Teen Talk uses education and the arts to positively inform teens about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. This worthwhile program will present a free, family-friendly performance called “Teen Talk: A Tale of Substance” at the Carolina Theatre of Durham's Cinema 1 on Monday, November 3 at 4:30 p.m.

Performers from Encore! Afterschool Participants from James E. Shepard Magnet Middle School in Durham will deliver prevention messages through creative writing and performance theater. Allowing teens to distribute the important message of prevention is a powerful educational tool.

“Teen Talk made me think about my future. I had no idea of all the harm that alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana can cause to kids. Being on stage to help others, makes me feel really good,” Amaya Tillery, a 7th grader at Shepard and Teen Talk participant, said.

Teen Talk is coordinated by Kim Arrington, a local performer who teaches theater, poetry, and music. She has a background in working with substance abuse prevention programs with youth. In 1987, when Arrington was 10 years old, her father was killed by a drunk driver in Durham.

“Receiving the kind of prevention education that Teen Talk provides is rare. Teen Talk’s motto is, ‘an informed kid is a safe kid.’ We want kids to understand the damage that alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco can do to their bodies and lives,” Arrington said.

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