CATHLAMET - Wahkiakum Community Network is hosting a free public educational summit on Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the River Street Meeting Room in Cathlamet.

Julia Dilley, epidemiologist for Washington State Department of Health, will facilitate this event. The goal of this event is to introduce the use of risk factors, protective factors, and developmental assets, as well as compare trends of substance abuse by utilizing past and present healthy youth surveys, and discuss how Search Institute Survey of Developmental Assets compliments that data.

During the morning session of this event, selected students from Naselle-Grays River School District and Wahkiakum School District will be examining local results and past trends from the healthy youth survey conducted throughout Washington State public schools in the fall of 2004. Approximately 24 seventh through 12th grade students from each school district will be selected by the administration of their respective schools to participate in the morning portion of this event.

The public is invited to participate in the afternoon portion of the event from noon to 4 p.m. to analyze the data trends, and discussion will focus around the feedback obtained from the youth, as well as a look at local prevention efforts aimed at reducing youth substance abuse. Lunch will be provided at no cost to all participants.

The River Street Meeting Room is located at 25 River Street in Cathlamet (next to the PUD). For more information you can contact Wahkiakum Community Network by calling Lia Sealund at (360) 795-8040.

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