Runners and walkers are invited to “Spring Into Action” in downtown Franklin May 19 at a 5K to help end teen substance abuse one step at a time. Led by the Youth Action Board (YAB) of the Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC), the YAB’s goal is to raise awareness of teen substance use and abuse. “YAB is a dynamic and diverse group of students from the public and private high schools in the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills communities working together for positive change in our communities,” says Carol Mastroianni, executive director of the BBCC. “The critical opioid epidemic and other substance abuse -- from alcohol to vaping -- are devastating.
The YAB students came up with the 5K to bring greater awareness in Birmingham and Bloomfield as well as surrounding communities,” she added. “Their race/walk is a positive and inclusive event where many can take part, make a difference and have fun,” she added. YAB co-president, Kristen Harvey, a senior at Groves High School, says this event and raising awareness is important because “I feel that kids should live substance free lives to give them the best opportunity to have a great future so they do not get stuck with the consequences of a teenage decision.” Racers and walkers can check in at 8 a.m. in the Village of Franklin on Saturday, May 19, with 9 a.m. the start time for the event. The cost to participate is $35 before April 30; May 1-19 the fee is $40; teams of 6 are $20 a person. Ages 11-17 are $15 while kids 10 and under are free. All money raised goes directly to BBCC/YAB Prevention Programs. Registration information: https://app.regwiz.io/register/yab/367. Event contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 248-203-4615.
The YAB 5K comes to you from the Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalitions (BBCC) Youth Action Board (YAB). BBCC’s mission is to raise awareness and mobilize the entire community to prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, with a primary focus on our youth. BBCC strives to“Save Kids Lives” through an expanded focus on the overall health and wellness of young people. YAB is an inclusive group of teen volunteers from 11 public and private high schools in the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills community. YAB’s goal is to provide youth with a positive voice and presence to peers and the broader community on issues important to teens with a focus on substance abuse prevention. The YAB meets on a regular basis to discuss substance abuse trends and other important issues teens face today. All monies raised from the YAB 5K go directly to support BBCC and YAB prevention Programs in the community. 1525 Covington Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 – 248.203.4615 – www.bbcoalition.org