By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Vanden High School senior Maddy Denajer began driving a few months ago.
She’s been a member of the school’s Friday Night Live chapter since her freshmen year. The program builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development with a focus on alcohol, tobacco, traffic safety, gambling and drugs.
Denajer joined other Vanden students Monday for Impact Teen Drivers, a program that emphasizes the dangers of reckless and distracted driving.
“When I started behind the wheel, I thought, ‘this isn’t as easy as I thought,’ ” Denajer said.
Source: Program shows choices behind wheel can mean difference between life, death
By Daily Republic Staff
The Friday Night Live chapters at Armijo and Vanden high schools, and at the Solano Youth Coalition, have received grants from the state organization.
Chapters will use the funds to create campaigns to educate the public on the “statistics, warning signs and consequences of problem gambling.” They have until May 2018 to complete the gambling prevention curriculum that targets adults ages 18 to 54 and underage gamblers younger than 18.
Source: 3 Solano Friday Night Live chapters receive grants
By Nick Sestanovich
Benicia High School’s Friday Night Live club had a good week. Not only did it win first place for a tobacco education PSA, it also was recognized by the state.
Johanna Nowak-Palmer, Solano County Office of Education’s (SCOE) program manager for youth development and special events, stopped by at the club’s Thursday meeting to deliver the good news.
“You guys were registered as an official club last school year, but you have been active for over a year now, so the state now recognizes you as an active club that is part of the California Friday Night Live network throughout the state,” she said. “You are now part of the thousands of students who do this work.
”Friday Night Live is a statewide organization aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles among teens by preventing alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse. The organization has several student chapters at secondary schools throughout the state, and a club was established at Benicia High last year. Physical education teacher Dean Gor serves as adviser, and sophomore Kirsten Lambinicio serves as president. The club meets every Thursday at lunch.
Source: Benicia High’s FNL club wins tobacco PSA contest, gets recognized by state
By Richard Bammer
If you want to get a message across to young people, who better to do it than their peers?
So when the issues are distracted driving and driving under the influence, Vanden and Benicia high students have a few things to tell not only their fellow teens but also plenty of adults.
“Texting is extremely distracting, checking your phone while driving rather than holding off until you’re parked or have reached your destination,” Nav Khana, Sameer Syed and Emery Coh, all members of Friday Night Live (FNL), said in a press release issued Tuesday by the Solano County Office of Education. “Use of a hand-held device was the most common distraction we observed.”
Their statement comes on the heels of FNL members who participated in Roadwatch — an annual observational survey administered by the California Friday Night Live Partnership (CFNLP), with funding from the Allstate Foundation.
Source: Solano County Office of Education lands grant to deter underage drinking
By Dom Pruett
It seems everyone has been affected by a fatal teenage automobile accident in one way or another.
Whether it be a friend or family member, the numbers that back up this assertion are staggering.
In a joint effort between Vanden High School’s Friday Night Live club, the Solano County Office of Education, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, underage drinking — and its correlation to driving — was brought to light Wednesday evening at Vanden High School’s “Little Theater.”
In front of a group of students sitting in on the presentation, Vanden senior and Friday Night Live president Hannah Thueson talked about the dangers of drinking and driving and what she hoped her peers would gain that evening.
Source: Vanden High School’s Friday Night Live educates peers on dangers of underage drinking
Vanden High School Friday Night Live (FNL) is hosting a Town Hall meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m., 2951 Markley Lane, Fairfield, in the school’s Little Theater.
The meeting is free and open to all parents, youth, educators, and community members interested in learning more about underage drinking and driving among teens and youth drivers. The California Highway Patrol will present the Impact Teen Drivers program to discuss the dangers of drinking and driving along with the local statistics of driving deaths related to alcohol. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions and hold important conversations about this topic after the presentation.
Vanden FNL believes that no teen should waste their life getting wasted. They want to enlighten the community about the dangers of drinking and driving while getting parents more involved in making safe driving choices with their teens, especially at a time of year where celebrations, such as prom and graduation, will be happening.
via: Underage drinking awareness
By Bill Hicks
“We need to have a little talk” is often something parents say to their children. For an upcoming Friday Night Live town hall meeting, a group of Vanden High School students are turning that statement around not only on their own parents, but on all parents.
The meeting, which will feature presentations by the California Highway Patrol and other groups, is the first of several efforts designed by Vanden’s Friday Night Live organizers to help both teens and their parents.
Source: Friday Night Live seeks parent audience for town hall meet