Bridging the Gap: Adversity and Youth Substance Misuse

Bridging the Gap: Adversity and Youth Substance Misuse

Every year Clarkston EPIC hosts a Town Hall on topics related to prevention work in our community. Our goal for these town halls is to bring an awareness and understanding of prevention, how it works, and why it is essential. We update our community about what our coalition is doing to create a safer and more resilient community for our youth and ways you can help.  

This year we are partnering with the LC Valley Resilience coalition to discuss ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and their connection to youth substance use. We hope that this town hall will help our community understand ACEs, how to prevent and counteract them so we can reduce youth substance use in our community.

About Paper Tigers

Paper Tigers follows six troubled teens over the course of a year at Lincoln Alternative High
School in rural Walla Walla, Washington. Considered a last chance before dropping out, many
students come to Lincoln with a history of behavioral problems, truancy, and substance abuse.
Then, in 2010, Principal Jim Sporleder learned about the science of what a rough childhood does
to a developing brain. “Stressed brains can’t learn” was what he took away from an educational
conference. He returned to his school convinced that traditional punishments like suspension
were only exacerbating the problems of the students there. Sporleder says: “I was hunting everywhere
for the curriculum. It’s not a curriculum. So it was trying to figure out, how do you take this
theory and put it into practice?”
https://kpjrfilms.co/paper-tigers/