posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 03:48 PM
reply to post by SkepticOverlord
I will nominate my self for consideration provided a general consensus can reached for such a council or committee.
As for qualifications, I submit publicly (and release privately for investigation by the Administration of ATS should such verification be needed) the
In 1988-1989 I was elected and served as a Regional Youth Coordinator for the Ohio Teen Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
(T.I.). The position required me to represent participants and serve as Youth Staff at various events and functions. The program was founded and
administered by the Ohio Dept. of Health.
Training received under T.I. was done by various counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists. While as a participant and later as staff, I was trained
in peer counseling, drug education, leadership skills in order to be able to independently provide education, identification and initial intervention.
As well as to provide alternatives and generally be perceived as a positive role model. In order to be considered an authoritive source by peers, the
education dealt with both negative and beneficial effects. It was by no means the DARE nor Just Say No programs.
I was also a performer in an offshoot program known as The Medicine Show for four years, that would perform comedic skits designed to entertain and be
an ice breaker to further discussion. Our performances ranged from elementary to high school ages and included various levels of government sponsored
shows in business, city counsels, open public events. And even in front of The Ohio Guidance Counselors Association which was observed by a member of
Gov Celeste’s cabinet to advise on a pending funding of educational programs.
As an intelligent and reasonable person, I would do what I can facilitate the continuing discussion of this topic on ATS. I feel that by discussion
we are better able to not only make more informed opinions and positions but are able to more freely discuss other topics that are unrelated. By
sweeping a taboo subject under the rug, it disenfranchises those that fear reprisal and pushes them to less controlled and informed areas of the web.