HOW WE HELP YOUTH MAKE HEALTHY DECISIONS
WaylandCares is a community coalition dedicated to reducing youth substance use and abuse in Wayland. We believe it is the collective responsibility of the community to create a safe environment for our young people, and to support healthy youth decision-making. This intergenerational initiative promotes a comprehensive prevention approach through effective, evidence-based and age-appropriate strategies.
ONLY 29% OF WAYLAND HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS MADE THE CHOICE TO DRINK ALCOHOL IN THE LAST 30 DAYS
The majority of Wayland High School students make healthy decisions around alcohol and do not choose to drink on a regular basis. Be one of the Majority!
ONLY 16% OF WAYLAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE USED MARIJUANA IN THE LAST 30 DAYS, AND ONLY 25% HAVE USED MARIJUANA IN THEIR LIFETIME.
Marijuana usage is not the norm among the youth of Wayland. Wayland youth are making healthy, smart and informed decisions around not using marijuana and other substances. Be one of the Majority!
90% OF WAYLAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS REPORT HAVING A PARENT OR OTHER TRUSTED ADULT OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL TO TALK TO ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THEM.
Trusted adults are assets to our youth. It is shown that having a trusted adult to talk to directly encourages youth to make healthier decisions around substance use.
35% OF WAYLAND TEENS REPORT THAT THEIR LIFE WAS VERY STRESSFUL IN THE PAST 30 DAYS.
Stress and anxiety play a part in all of our lives. We look to find new tools and strategies to help our youth reduce stress.
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