The Hancock Community Coalition and HYPE (Hancock Youth for Positive Efforts) will host a viewing of the documentary Chasing the Dragon during a special event at the Hancock High School Performing Arts Center on Feb. 21, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. HYPE is a coalition of local students that addresses substance abuse and other social issues. It was formed in 2016. HCCC/HYPE is a partnership with Hancock Resource Center.
“Chasing the Dragon” is a 45-minute documentary that was produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in 2016. The film focuses on opioid addiction and includes several first-hand accounts of opioid use and its consequences. DEA Director Chuck Rosenberg called the film “a wakeup call.” “The numbers are appalling,” Rosenberg said. “Tens of thousands of Americans die every year in drug-related deaths. More than half are from opioid or heroin overdoses. I hope this documentary servers as a wakeup call.”
Local non-profit groups will provide additional information and resources in the auditorium lobby. There will be an afterword by Kathleen Van Buskirk, Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Hancock County Superintendent of Education Alan Dedeaux said the event will benefit both students and the public. “It is extremely important to educate the community about the dangers associated with opioid abuse,” Dedeaux said. “It is going to take everyone working together to get this information out there.”
“This is the most important thing you will do for your child this year” said Rhonda Rhodes. “It’s important for parents to understand how easily this can happen to their family.”
The Hancock County Community Coalition is a grassroots group of citizens with a mission is to promote a safe, drug-free, non-violent community in collaboration with youth who pro-actively support responsible and informed decisions. For more information, visit believethehypehancock.org.
Citizens of any age are invited to get involved with this community-wide coalition to address the substance use issues. Hancock Community Coalition host meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information about the coalition contact Brittany Perkins at 228-463-8887 or email her at HYPE@hancockhrc.org.
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HYLA Junior High Class Visits Local Government
The Hancock Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA) Junior High Program Class of 2018 spent their most recent session learning about local governments by visiting with elected officials in Hancock County and municipalities.
The 2018 HYLA Junior High School Class is comprised of twenty-four eighth graders from Hancock County who represent all four area middle schools (Bay/Waveland Middle, Hancock Middle, Our Lady Academy and St. Stanislaus). On Tuesday, January 30th, the group began their local government day at Waveland City Hall where they were greeted by Mayor Mike Smith, Police Chief David Allen, and Alderman Jeremy Burke. The students were enlightened about the style of government and the different layers of opportunities of law enforcement. Next, the students traveled to the Hancock County Annex Building where they were treated to delicious donuts sponsored by Mickey Lagasse of Compton Engineering. There, students met with Hancock County Board President Blaine Lafontaine, Tax Assessor Jimmy Ladner, Chancery Clerk Tim Kellar, and Circuit Clerk Karen Ruhr and learned about their roles in County Government. The group then traveled to the Hancock County’s Public Safety Complex. Sheriff Ricky Adam and Warden Brandon Zeringue talked with them about law enforcement and they toured the jail complex. The day ended with a visit to Diamondhead City Hall where Mayor Thomas Schafer arranged the students’ participation in a mock city council meeting.
The Hancock Youth Leadership Academy is the only county-wide youth leadership program in Hancock County and is a program of the Hancock Resource Center. HYLA is funded by sponsorships and donations from the local community. If you are interested in supporting the Hancock Youth Leadership Academy, contact Hancock Resource Center by visiting the website www.hancockhrc.org or call 228-463-8887 to learn how.
Picture – First Row (left to right): Elisabeth Mooar (Hancock Middle), Celeste Nuccio (OLA), Adisson Capo (OLA), Reagan Mortillaro (OLA), Deputy Warden Amanda Parker, Maci Ladner (Hancock Middle), Allie Haas (B/W Middle), Keegan Leverett (Saint Stanislaus), Brandon Griffith (Saint Stanislaus), Owen Monahan (Hancock), and Sedley Normand (Hancock Middle).
Second Row: Erica Rabalais (B/W Middle), Rachel Rowe (Hancock Middle), Allie Lindsey (Hancock Middle), Devin Graham (OLA), Warden Brandon Zeringue, Sheriff Ricky Adam, Katie Pennell (OLA), Haley Cox (OLA), Naomi Robertson (B/W Middle), Gus Breisacher (Saint Stanislaus), and Christian Bourgeois (Saint Stanislaus).
Third Row: Julia Hazlette (OLA), Ryan Ladner (Hancock Middle), Brandon Rhodes (Saint Stanislaus), Urbano Mendez (B/W Middle), and Emily May (Hancock Middle).
For additional information, contact Rhonda Rhodes at 228-463-8887 or firstname.lastname@example.org.