According to “Monitoring the Future Survey,” a national survey, 33% of 8th graders and 70% of 12th graders have tried alcohol. The “National Survey on Drug Use and Health” reported that 25% of youth aged 12-20 years drink alcohol and 16% reported binge drinking.
Moderated by Laura McElroy, public information officer of the Tampa Police Department, and developed in partnership with community experts, the WEDU one-hour local special features an in-depth discussion about underage substance abuse and features a panel of community leaders and local teens. The town hall meeting in its entirety, including additional footage featuring an extensive Q&A, will also be available on WEDU.org with downloadable resource material. A DVD of the program will be made available to libraries and schools throughout West Central Florida.
While it’s the health and welfare of Florida’s youth that serves as a catalyst, each year WEDU PBS serves as the convener of this important and educational program in partnership with coalitions throughout the area including those located in Pinellas; Hillsborough;
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WEDU PBS is West Central Florida’s primary PBS station and public media company reaching 16 counties through media platforms including on-air programming and online experiences that broaden horizons, transport and transform and open gateways to new ideas and new worlds. Financially supported by the community, the organization offers a wealth of award-winning inspirational, educational and enlightening content over a variety of media platforms including: television programming, station’s website, wedu.org and various social media platforms, monthly member magazine Premiere, educational outreach activities and a myriad of special events. WEDU’s focus on the local community has resulted in the station being regarded as a beacon of trust for men, women and children of every walk of life no matter their age, ethnicity or socio-economic status. WEDU is a treasured community resource; a window to the world for the homebound and a vital educational source for the youngest members of society. WEDU prides itself on its position in the Tampa Bay community as a leader, partner, informed citizen and a member of PBS, the most trusted institution in America (ORC International’