August 26, 2012
"I Strengthen My Nation" campaign
'I Strengthen My Nation' campaign helps Native youth resist drugs and alcohol
A new media campaign featuring Hollywood actor Chaske Spencer (who plays Sam Uley in the Twilight Saga) encourages Native communities to address substance abuse by teens and young adults. The “I Strengthen My Nation” campaign empowers Native youth to resist drugs and alcohol and motivates parents to talk openly to their children about drug and alcohol use. The campaign materials, which are available below, were developed in partnership with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and Tribes. In addition, an exciting website, weRnative.org, is debuting. The site offers young people information on puberty, sexual violence, suicide, cultural preservation, and other important health topics.Comment: For more on Chaske Spencer, see Spencer Receives Unsung Hero Award and Spencer Encourages Native Vote.