MONROE, LA (BRPROUD) – On Friday, Dec. 10 the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NEDHSA) in partnership with nonprofit Mind Motivation— announces the winners of the student essay writing contest aimed at underage drinking prevention and financial literacy among youth.
Students were asked to describe what motivates their minds to stay healthy and away from alcohol and drugs in one paragraph in their own words, according to the press release. Also, the participants wrote in a separate paragraph why saving money is essential to them.
NEDHSA Executive Director Dr. Monteic A. Sizer commented on why projects and collaborations like this help youth overcome adverse childhood trauma, in order to live and thrive and succeed academically;
“This is another example of our agency creating and executing prevention and wellness efforts to help address and lead to the reduction of negative Social Determinants of Health,” Dr. Sizer said. “There is a direct correlation between poor school performance and negative health outcomes. By partnering with organizations like Mind Motivation and Pelican State Credit Union, we are able to address the mental, academic, social, health and wellness, and financial literacy needs of our youth in different, comprehensive ways.”
Mind Motivation President and CEO Corey Bradford said the value of partnering with NEDHSA is that in addition to recognizing the students for their hard work “we are able to motivate and educate them in regards to the dangers of alcohol.”
“We can encourage and guide them in a positive direction while simultaneously arming them with the valuable information to enhance their chances of success when it comes to some of life’s challenges,” Bradford said. “We are blessed to be able to partner with NEDHSA in this initiative.”
Principal of Burg Jones Lane Elementary School Lashondra Allen said it’s important that “our children know that despite what they hear and see about their neighborhood on the news that they can make a difference and change that.”
The collaboration with Mind Motivation helps NEDHSA continue its work for the child and adolescent population in the region.