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Teens Teach Teens About the Dangers of Drug/Alcohol Use, Violence and Other Risky Behaviors at 2005 S.T.O.P. Convention


WHO: More than 1,300 students from 35 urban, suburban and rural school districts in the Pittsburgh region will attend the 2005 Students Together Organizing Prevention (S.T.O.P.) Convention, a unique program aimed at preventing school violence, alcohol and drug use, verbal and physical abuse, bullying, sexual harassment and rape among teens.

WHAT: At the S.T.O.P. Convention, 130 students from Carrick, Deer Lakes, Hampton, Mars, Mt. Alvernia, North Allegheny, Pine-Richland, Quaker Valley, Seneca Valley and Shaler high schools, as well as Vincentian Academy, will perform skits for their peers addressing these issues.

This is the first year the S.T.O.P. Convention will be available to organizations and school districts via high-speed Internet connections. School districts in Beaver and Erie counties will participate through the Web.

The 130 student performers will take part in seven skits. Following the skits, Richard Garland, director of Violence Prevention for Allegheny County, will lead a discussion.

WHY: S.T.O.P. is the largest coalition of schools and organizations dedicated to addressing issues facing adolescents today. The program was founded by Sen. Jane Clare Orie, who is hosting the convention. It is being organized and supported by individuals and organizations including Sen. Orie and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Soldiers & Sailors National Military Museum & Memorial, 4141 Fifth Ave, Oakland

Editor's Note: Experts from Children's Division of Adolescent Medicine, as well as Sen. Orie, will be available for interviews.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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June 17, 2008
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June 17, 2008