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Drug Free Pennsylvania to Host Media Literacy Conferences Across the Commonwealth

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CAMP HILL, Pa., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Drug Free Pennsylvania will host three Media Literacy Conferences across Pennsylvania this fall. The conferences will teach you how to use specific instructional strategies for raising young people's awareness and critical thinking skills in responding to mass and social media messages that depict alcohol, tobacco, prescription and illegal drug use.

This Act 48 qualifying conference is ideal for teachers, prevention specialists, school counselors, community leaders, school nurses, and anyone who is concerned with promoting critical thinking about unhealthy messages and preventing substance abuse in our youth. In this lively, hands-on program, participants will receive new instructional practices that will help them create a dynamic learning environment for youth in and out of school.

"There are so many opportunities for children to absorb negative messages in the media today. At the same time, 78% of children have said anti-drug media messages gave them the confidence to say no. We need to arm our parents and educators with the tools they need to get the right message across to their children."-Christie Wentz, Executive Director of Drug Free Pennsylvania.

The Media Literacy Conferences will be held on the following dates and locations. All conferences are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, October 10, 2014: Monroeville  

Friday, October 17, 2014: State College

Friday, October 24, 2014: King of Prussia

The Media Literacy Conference is ideal for those educators who use The Media Straight Up! curriculum, available from Drug Free Pennsylvania. Educators will learn more about how the skills of digital and media literacy can contribute to young people's ability to understand how media messages affect their perceptions of drugs and alcohol, and may influence the choices they make. All participants in the conference will receive a copy of the curriculum. 

Visit http://medialiteracypa.org for more information, or to register, simply call Drug Free Pennsylvania at 717-232-0300.

Drug Free Pennsylvania (DFPA) is a statewide, nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) organization that creates healthier communities by educating individuals of all ages and providing workplace solutions through programs that prevent substance abuse. We accomplish our mission through influencing healthy choices and lifestyle changes and striving to make Pennsylvania a safe place to live, work, play, and learn without the undue influences and effects of substance abuse.

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