Members of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit [BCIU] Student Forum filed into Neshaminy High School’s library, eager to speak with Deputy Director David Mineta of the office of National Drug Control Policy. Prior to the live videoconference, the students formulated questions to be asked during the conference, no time was wasted. A student from each school district introduced representatives from his or her respective schools. After the formal introductions, Deputy Director Mineta informed the students of the harmful effects of drugs on youth throughout the nation and the importance of prevention and avoiding exposure to drugs before these drugs take their toll. Stimulated students posed their questions to Deputy Director Mineta. The positive interaction and exchange of valuable information ended the meeting on a high note. The forum came to a close as Director Deputy Mineta thanked the students for their active participation in a large-scale effort to better their communities, and reminded the students, “You are not the leaders of tomorrow, you are the leaders of right now.”
The BCIU student forum consists of eleventh and twelfth grade student representatives from participating public, nonpublic, and technical high schools that meet monthly at the Intermediate Unit or district high schools to discuss student suggested topics such as drug and alcohol prevention, suicide prevention, and current events throughout the county.
The students’ responsibilities are to identify and study local and regional concerns, and to serve as a sounding board for views, programs and concerns in individual districts.
-William Suh, 11th Grade, Centennial School District