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Episode 6 - The Drug-Free All Stars

Episode 6 - The Drug-Free All Stars

September 8, 2020

The Drug Free All-Star program now spans four decades at The Coalition and is probably what we're known for most in the public. Abby Baker is coordinator of the program and she speaks with J.P. Heath about: 

- Her path to The Coalition and what exactly the Drug-Free All Stars do

- Her motivation in dealing with young people and how things have changed during COVID-19

- Some great examples of young people blossoming and doing big things. 

- What events the All Stars cover over the span of a school year

- How she manages to survive being a Longhorn in an office of Aggies 

The Coalition is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in Lufkin, Texas, that serves Angelina County and beyond.

The Coalition on Facebook  

Do you or someone you know want to quit smoking? For information on The Coalition's Project Quit click here.

Would your school district like a training for the Catch My Breath E-Cig Curriculum? The Coalition can help! Call us at 936-634-9308.

Episode 5 - Hope and Recovery

Episode 5 - Hope and Recovery

August 11, 2020

J.P. Heath and Brent Tanksley have an open and honest discussion about Brent's journey through recovery and his current role as an addiction counselor for Hughes Center. Brent discusses what substances are treated most in East Texas and he shares how mental health impacts addiction. He also has a bold idea for helping people long-term in recovery. 

Brent Tanksley is a counselor and addiction specialist at Hughes Center Counseling (https://hughescenter.org/) 409-622-0106 or 409-622-9252. He is also a member of The Coalition's Board of Directors. 

The Coalition is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in Lufkin, Texas, that serves Angelina County and beyond.

The Coalition on Facebook  

Do you or someone you know want to quit smoking? For information on The Coalition's Project Quit click here.

 
 
Episode 4 - Spotlighting our Board

Episode 4 - Spotlighting our Board

July 24, 2020

J.P. interviews Maci Dover of Whataburger, who serves as secretary on The Coalition's board. They discuss the reason she values serving the community and why a drug-free workplace is the best option. 

 

Executive Director Sharon Kruk stops by for an update as things slowly get back to normal.

 

The Coalition is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in Lufkin, Texas, that serves Angelina County and beyond.

The Coalition on Facebook 

The Coalition on Instagram

The Coalition on Twitter 

Do you or someone you know want to quit smoking? For information on The Coalition's Project Quit click here.

Episode 3 - Say What! Virtual Conference

Episode 3 - Say What! Virtual Conference

June 26, 2020

Because of COVID-19 Say What! (Students Adults and Youth Working Hard Against Tobacco) is moving its popular summer conference online. Now ANYONE 6th-12th grade can register! Say What! is a statewide group with a lot of success in East Texas. J.P. talks with Diana and Maddie, two local Say What! standouts. Diana is a recent grad of PCA and departing head of Timberwolves Against Tobacco. Maddie leads the KYSSED club at Lufkin High School. They discuss what they have enjoyed most about Say What! and why students should sign up for the virtual conference. Both are honest about the prevalence of JUUL with teens and they talk about how the skills learned with Say What! have helped them refuse JUUL and e-cigarettes.

6th-12th grade students can sign up for the Say What! Virtual Conference here. There is also a college track.

The Coalition is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in Lufkin, Texas, that serves Angelina County and beyond.

The Coalition on Facebook 

The Coalition on Instagram

The Coalition on Twitter 

Do you or someone you know want to quit smoking? For information on The Coalition's Project Quit click here.

 

Episode 2 - Project Quit & Dr. Kelder Interview

Episode 2 - Project Quit & Dr. Kelder Interview

June 15, 2020

Bonny Hicks and J.P. Heath of The Coalition discuss Project Quit and how people can sign up to quit tobacco. Bonny goes into great depth about what the classes will be like and what inspires her most about teaching them. They talk about the similar harms of e-cigarettes compared to cigarettes and mention some other methods for quitting and how difficult it is to quit because of the highly addictive nature of nicotine.

J.P. plays an interview with Dr. Steven Kelder of the UT-Austin School of Public Health about the harms of e-cigarettes and the vaping epidemic.

The Coalition is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in Lufkin, Texas, that serves Angelina County and beyond.

The Coalition on Facebook 

The Coalition on Instagram

The Coalition on Twitter 

Do you or someone you know want to quit smoking? For information on The Coalition's Project Quit click here.

Episode 1 - We have a podcast!

Episode 1 - We have a podcast!

May 15, 2020

In our debut episode we spotlight our Drug Free All Star program and interview two All Stars, Tia from Lufkin High School and Jada from Diboll High School.

5:00 - Why they wanted to join the Drug Free All Star Program and what their expectations were.    

9:00 - They share their favorite activities with the Drug Free All Stars, what they learned most, and where they saw the most impact. 

13:30 - What are some reasons that teens they know turn to different substances? And what are the problems they've noticed at their schools?

17:30 - They discuss their future and how tough it has been going through their senior year during such a strange time. And what have they been doing to fill the time?

22:30 - How the Drug Free All Star Program has changed them and advice for juniors applying to the program.

25:30 - Executive Director Sharon Kruk explains the mission of The Coalition, how we serves the community, and some examples of our past work.

29:15 - What the different roles of the staff are and how the board is the driving force behind our work.

32:00 - What is the difference between The Coalition and direct service agencies like ADAC and the Burke Center?

36:30 - Smoking cessation small group classes offered by The Coalition are discussed.

The Coalition is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in Lufkin, Texas, that serves Angelina County and beyond.

The Coalition on Facebook 

The Coalition on Instagram

The Coalition on Twitter 

Do you or someone you know want to quit smoking? For information on The Coalition's Project Quit click here.

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