Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Auction Napa Valley: Helping at-risk youth

Our youth are at risk, and it is up to us as a community to come together to keep them safe. According to California statistics, “By the 8th grade, 29.5 percent of adolescents have consumed alcohol, 15.5 percent have smoked cigarettes, and 15 percent have used marijuana.” This is the reason prevention, treatment, and emotional support for youth are vitally important.

This is the mission of the Wolfe Center, which annually serves approximately 1,000 adolescents, ages 12 to 18, and their families. They aim to reduce the impact of alcohol and other drug abuse on our youth, families, schools and communities. As they are the only service provider of adolescent drug and alcohol use and abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services in Napa County, they need support from you.

Auction Napa Valley is one of the main supporters of this noble, vital organization. Proceeds from this Auction go to support community health and children's education programs. To date, Auction Napa Valley has given more than $110 million to dozens of worthwhile organizations such as the Wolfe Center.

While I may not have any children myself, I am blessed with a partner who teaches more than one hundred high school students each school year. Struggles with substance abuse are a major obstacle standing between too many of these students and academic success. Left untreated, these students do not gain the skills they need to become active, contributing members of our society. Programs designed by organizations such as the Wolfe Center are quintessential to the success rate of our youth and the strength of our community in the Napa Valley.

J Brewner
#ANV13 Social Media Crew
Judd's Hill

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