Three members of the Harvey County Community, including one high school student, were recently recognized with awards from the Kansas Prevention Collaborative for their work in drug and alchol use prevention.
Eli Redington received the Kansas Prevention Youth Leadership Award. Redington, a student at Newton High School, was elected by his peers to serve as the president of Mirror’s youth prevention board STAND for the last two years. In his role as president and STAND member, Redington has provided prevention messages to local middle schoolers, has actively volunteered with local community organizations and carried out community service projects. He has been instrumental in growing the program in Newton and has led, recruited and networked with school administration to gain support and advance prevention progress.
Des Martens with Mirror, Inc. received the Kansas Prevention Community Leader Award. According to the collaborative, Martens has demonstrated excellent leadership skills in community support efforts. Her passion and determination to make her community a place that is safe, healthy and fun is unmeasurable. Not only is she able to assess her community needs, she is able to bring together those who are imperative to making change.
Pam Stevens, Executive Director of the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, received the Kansas Partner in Prevention Award. According to the collaborative, Stevens touches all sectors and has been a real connector for the work of prevention.