Local prevention center encourages students to make safe decisions

Western Prevention Center

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Western Prevention Center wants to educate young adults. They focus on preventing destructive decisions, such as bullying, underage drinking, and self-harm.

Students in middle school and high school experience a lot of changes and peer pressure. The Western Prevention Center has books, conferences and guest speakers that address key issues. 

“This year, we have a speaker on opioids,” said Vonnie Ackerman, coordinator of the Western Prevention Resource Center.

Their prevention library has hundreds of books that anyone can rent out. Along with books, they have props for presentations. Props include a “pair of lungs” blackened by cigarette smoke and more. They also have pictures and posters to hang in schools.

The center is part of Youth and Family Services and is a government program. The center also has SADD Club at many high schools and middle schools in the area. SADD stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions.

The club helps bring awareness to the effects of bad decisions and encourages students to think before they act.

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