Power in Truth (PIT) is a youth focused educational and behavioral focused program which has been implemented since 2000. PIT empowers hundreds to thousands of youths each year to make healthy choices and avoid high-risk behaviors. Prevention is the primary focus with an emphasis on equipping youth to resist media manipulation and social pressure. For twenty-three years, PIT has addressed crucial issues affecting our youth. This year’s conference will include a focus on drugs and alcohol, tobacco and vaping, bullying, healthy relationships, and mental health. The conference offers information and resources that support both students’ leadership skills and abilities to make positive, informed decisions. For school advisors and advocates, PIT highlights current issues youth face and resources to use as intervention strategies.
The Power in Truth Conference traditionally takes place on the Tuesday of Red Ribbon Week, which is the nation’s largest and longest-running drug-use prevention campaign. To learn more about Red Ribbon week, click here.
In 2017, the Power in Truth Conference was selected as a Model Practice by the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The selection of this program as a national model practice means it demonstrates exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need. The 2020 virtual Power in Truth Conference received an honorable mention for the 2021 NACCHO Innovative Practice Award. The designation of PIT as an Honorable Mention Practice demonstrated a high level of program innovation to meet the needs of Douglas County youth during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Continued support is needed to operate and expand Power in Truth. If you are interested in providing support, you may donate through the Cobb & Douglas Health Foundation or you may contact Dammie Ode-Martins, Cobb & Douglas Public Health Youth Development Coordinator. Support options include financial donations, in-kind donations, potential conference speakers or video content, and resource services and information.