Art, awareness and prevention keep teens above the influence

By Charlotte Tallman

Unified PreventionThe Unified Prevention! (UP!) Coalition for a Drug-Free Do a Ana County is bringing art, awareness and prevention together through the Above the Influence (ATI) Art Project-a project asking teens to create their own visual expressions of the Above the Influence symbol.

Parents, organizations and schools are encouraged to include the ATI Art Project as an activity for teens, bringing both awareness to ATI and substance abuse prevention. Once teens submit their own unique ATI symbol, entries will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges from UP!. Top selections will be picked based on originality, art content and design, inspirational content and media potential. Entries should not have profanity, corporate logos or name brands or symbols of violence including guns, gang signs or symbols. Student’s name, grade, participating school/organization, mailing address, email and phone number must be placed on the back of the artwork, which will not be visible at any point during the judging. Pre- and post-activity surveys must accompany each entry as well as a signed copy of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) “Permission to Use” form. The ATI Art Project Toolkit can be found at

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