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Uruguayan Youths to Attend PRIDE World Drug Conference in Cincinnati

The PRIDE Program encourages healthy lifestyle choices for youth in high school

Posted: April 1, 2005

Members of Pride-Uruguay pose with the U.S. Embassy's PAO Linda Gonzalez. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
Members of Pride-Uruguay pose with the U.S. Embassy's PAO,
Linda González (above),
later receive golf shirts and other gifts for their trip (below)
Members of Pride-Uruguay receive golf shirts and other gifts for their trip. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
Six members of the Youth Pride Program in Uruguay have been selected to attend this year's annual Pride World Drug Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, which will take place April 6 to 9.

Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo and the Pride Youth Program organization in Fremont, Michigan, the group consists of two directors of the Pride Youth Program in Uruguay, Graciela Cartesio and Leonor Fierro, and four young students between 15 and 20 years of age, selected on the basis of their leadership skills helping others to be drug-free. María Lucía Gómez and Daniela Scartaccini from Universidad Católica both work on the program at the San Pedro parish in Buceo, Ramiro Ribeiro (High School No. 57) works at "Centro de Acción Promocional 18 de Julio", and Valeria Madrid (Colegio América), works in her own high school.

Pride (Parents' Resource Institute for Drug Education) has been a leader in the drug prevention field with innovative programs that encourage youth to take the lead in drug and violence prevention. Founded in 1977, the program began as a parents organization and went on to expand its base to serve youth.

The Pride programs have earned an international reputation for excellence and reliability as providers of prevention services in the area of alcohol and other drugs and proven successful in reducing drug use. More than 6,400 school systems in the U.S. rely on Pride Questionnaires to monitor student drug use and violence. More than six million youth have participated nationwide. Parents, adults and community members offer guidance and support to serious teams of youth dedicated to making a difference.

Each year, Pride Youth Programs welcomes the world to this fun-filled, educational conference for youth and adults. The Pride Conference provides a forum and ideas for hundreds of organizations-large and small, local, national, and international-that are fighting against drugs. They listen to their peers who have done extraordinary things to change their communities. Participants will hear more than 100 experts on more than 20 topics related to drug and violence prevention.

For more information on the Pride Youth Program, please visit: http://www.prideyouthprograms.org/index.shtml

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