MONROE, LA (BRPROUD) – On Friday, December 10, the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NEDHSA), in partnership with the nonprofit Mind Motivation, announced the winners of the student essay writing competition aimed at prevent alcohol consumption among minors and acquire financial literacy among young people.
Students were asked to describe what motivates their minds to stay healthy and avoid alcohol and drugs in a paragraph in their own words, according to the press release. Additionally, participants wrote in a separate paragraph why saving money is essential to them.
Executive Director of NEDHSA Dr. Monteic A. Sizer explained why projects and collaborations like this help young people overcome adverse childhood trauma, in order to live, thrive and succeed academically;
“This is another example of our agency creating and executing prevention and wellness efforts to help address and reduce negative social determinants of health,” said Dr. Sizer. “There is a direct correlation between poor school performance and negative health outcomes. By partnering with organizations like Mind Motivation and Pelican State Credit Union, we are able to meet the mental, educational, social, health and wellness and financial literacy needs of our young people in different ways.
Mind Motivation President and CEO Corey Bradford said the value of partnering with NEDHSA is that in addition to recognizing students for their hard work, “we are able to motivate and empower them. educate about the dangers of alcohol “.
“We can encourage and guide them in a positive direction while simultaneously arming them with valuable information to increase their chances of success when it comes to some of life’s challenges,” Bradford said. “We are fortunate to be able to partner with NEDHSA in this initiative. “
Burg Jones Lane Primary School Principal Lashondra Allen said it was important that “our children know that despite what they hear and see about their neighborhood on the news, they can make a difference and change that. “.
The collaboration with Mental motivation helps NEDHSA continue its work in favor of the population of children and adolescents in the region.