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*New Date* THC and How It Is Affecting Our Youth

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Date(s) - March 27, 2024
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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This event was rescheduled from January.
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Betsy Stearns and Carley Samayoa
THC and How It Is Affecting Our Youth

About the Topic

  • Understanding the short and long-term effects of THC on youth development.
  • Other risks associated to youth using THC (I will include information on escalating to use of other drugs including opioids)
  • Methods used to decrease youth use


About the Speakers

Betsy Stearns is the Community Coordinator for Hub Coalition Porter County and has worked in the prevention field since 2021. In her time as a preventionist Betsy has completed comprehensive training through the National Coalition Academy and has coordinated 4 drug prevention coalitions with a recent focus on the communities of Portage and Chesterton. Betsy is a nationally trained instructor through the Council of Mental Well Being where she conducts Mental Health First Aid for adults and teens.

Prior to her time in the prevention field, Betsy served as a compassionate nurse in treatment facilities.  Betsy’s experience as a nurse and desire to help youth make healthy choices led her to the work she does today. When Betsy is not working on community wellness initiatives, you can find her volunteering with parent-led extracurricular groups and spending time with her family.

Carley Samayoa is the Project Director for Hub Coalition Porter County and has been with the agency since January of 2019.  In her role as a preventionist she completed the Addictions Intervention Graduate Program through Indiana University. Carley is a nationally trained instructor through the Council of Mental Well Being where she conducts Mental Health First Aid for adults.

Prior to her time in prevention, Carley worked as the Porter County Community Advocate for survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.  In her time as an advocate, she conducted Victim Education Sessions through the courts and assisted survivors in filing Protective Orders.  Additionally, Carley worked as a case manager in a recovery home.  This experience led her to make a career shift into prevention due to a desire to help people before substance dependence started. In her off time you will find Carley hiking with her family or out capturing photos of nature.