Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
Music residency of Katerpillar at Art Villa LA to enhance new Los Feliz Art Mart

Music residency of Katerpillar at Art Villa LA to enhance new Los Feliz Art Mart

Good times scheduled with

Katerpillar

at Art Villa LA in Los Feliz.

live art, craft art, unique artistry,

Total Talent Extravaganza

See you there. Opens at 5:00 P.M.

Saturday, April 23

Proceeds support drug prevention education for families. Keeping children drug free and having fun is the mission of Art Villa LA.

Jenny Hip

We are spreading the word!

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

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The original design of LA artist, Jose Quevedo, is now featured on the “Drugs Ruin Creativity” T-shirt. Find local businesses to sponsor kids wearing it to promote drug-free living.
Contact us for help
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“– our creative spirits,imprisoned by drugs, unable to sense life, unable to rise up, leaving our cities to fall.”
Artist, Jose Quevedo, interprets his powerful design.

Keep an eye out for these shirts! We want them everywhere!

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Kingdom Day Parade Is Served by Mentors Helping Youth Be Creative and Drug-Free

“Strong Support from Narconon Helps Youth Spread the Word that “Drugs Ruin Creativity”

The 25th Anniversary 2011 Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with an emphasis on service. That service took the form of teens and their mentors getting out the word that Dr. King’s dream needs the creative drug-free energy of youth to be realized.

Narconon Professional Drug Prevention (NPDP) specializing in drug prevention training, Narconon Western United States, both LA-based organizations of Narconon International, Southern California Foster Care Mentoring Network and the National Alliance of Faith and Justice headquartered in Washington, D.C., sponsored the anti-drug banners in the televised 2-mile parade that commemorates Dr. King’s date of birth.

Accompanying them skateboarders and break dancers entertained the crowd with their skilled moves. They wore original design tee-shirts.  (Click and scroll to see). The design was created by 23-year-old artist, Jose Quevedo, who took top prize in the anti-drug black Sharpie graffiti art battle sponsored by NPDP (Narconon Professional Drug Prevention) at the popular Crewest Gallery in downtown LA. “Drugs Ruin Creativity,” is the title of a section of the booklet, 10 Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs, published by Narconon.

Curtis O. Porter (2nd from left in our pic below) from the Youth Services Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services announced the shirt will be displayed in his Washington, D.C., office to exemplify positive youth service. As Director of the Youth Development Division of Family and Youth Services, Mr. Porter administers two of the nation’s most important youth mentoring programs. He attended the parade to congratulate the sponsored mentors and meet some of their youth.  He encouraged the work the mentors do to help kids stay off drugs, remain in school and strive to make the dream of Dr. King a reality.

“Hearing these youth say ‘I’ve never done drugs,’ and talk about how drugs would stop them from perfecting their skills was strong testament that when youth are encouraged by adults to freely create, they are greatly proofed against drugs,” says Ms. Teddy Chambers, Executive Director of NPDP. “You could sense how excited they were to be able to spread the word that ‘drugs ruin creativity.’ They are very vocal about not wanting their friends or their families involved in drugs,” Chambers added.

“It is a real honor to work with people who care enough to give of their time to guide our youth into drug-free productive lives,” said Chambers (far left). Some of our LA mentors are pictured here.

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Southern California Foster Care Mentoring Network, headed by Dr. Tina Robinson (3rd from left) provides mentoring through 11 affiliate organizations in greater Los Angeles. It utilizes the Pen or Pencil mentoring program developed by the National Alliance of Faith and Justice to break the cradle to prison phenomenon that too often follows when parents are incarcerated. Heidi Lemmon (5th from left) is a co-founder of Venice Boarding School, which appeals to students’ love of skate boarding to keep them on an academic path. She is President of the National Skateboard Association. Man One (center) is founder and owner of Crewest Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. He has trained dozens of young artists to help them seek a career using their talents. Fresh (far right), has built LA Breakers, a break dance crew that has mentoring as a core element to keep kids drug-free and healthy.See our skate boarders in action.

Jenny Hip

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

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Jenny Hip

We love artists!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
Monday, November 15th, 2010

Dear Friend,

The drug problem is no longer confined to families touched by drug abuse, which has always been a devastating problem. Narco-terrorists are now on our doorstep.

The LAPD have reports of  Los Zetas and Gulf cartels and five other Mexican cartels — Sinaloa, Beltran-Levya, La Familia, Arellano Felix and Carillo Fuentes — operating in L.A and its suburbs. They’re busy recruiting gangs to carry on the same mayhem they’re engaged in south of the border. They can only be called narco-terrorists, because they kidnap torture and murder to control their drug trade corridors.The death toll is well over 20,000. They claim the name as well because they provide distribution outlets that fund international terrorist operations.

On behalf of the Western Region Counterdrug Training Center (WRCTC), I was asked to develop and deliver trainings to help communities combat the influence of drugs on young people. Bothe formats have been piloted and found to be effective. One is a two day training called Building Better Futures through Drug Prevention, one is a four-hour presentation called Solutions for a Drug Free Work Environment. Seeing further need, and with WRCTC support, I created an all-day workshop for law enforcement to offer to students and their parents or guardians called, Stronger Families through Drug Prevention.

The National Guard’s WRCTC got the ball rolling by sponsoring these trainings all over the area, from Long Beach to Panorama City. It is an attack aimed at the weakest link, a growing body of youth who are determined to live drug free. I want to keep that ball rolling, which is going to take private sector backup.

My question to you is what do you know about drugs and the influence they have on communities and on our economy?  I would certainly like to brief you more fully than I can with these brief notes.

Let’s have a meaningful chat with the aim of putting some control in on this situation. I have some hot ideas about what we can do to stop it, and I am sure you do too.

Teddy

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Welcome to a blog about youth being able to be who they are without drugs to cloud the issue.

Since this site is about helping young people decide “It’sFunToBeMe!” which is translated “no desire to use drugs or alcohol to get away from who I am,” we will begin by asserting that life would be a lot better for youth if they do steer clear of drugs and alcohol.

We do not feel that this is an impossible objective. We don’t agree that young people’s lives are so very different today that they can’t get completely excited about growing up and accomplishing fine things.

It is going to be up to the next generation to put the brakes on runaway demand for chemical fixes. It is time for us to admit we did not see this freight train coming, and now the social fabric of entire nations have begun to unravel under the strain of international drug trafficking and the crime and violence that follows in its wake.

The benefits to us are huge, when you realize that we will be able to tap into a limitless reservoir of talent creativity and ability that our youth have and that otherwise could be destroyed by drugs.

Young people want to have fun. As long as drugs pretend to promise fun, they are likely to find their next generation of users. That’s why it is so important for youth to discover that being themselves is a whole lot more fun than drugs could ever be and that trying to be who others want you to be just plain does not work.

Can we have some agreement on this?