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.

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.

mlk-2011-team

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

Love those artists!

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Win High Exposure If You Are Voted Best Graffiti Artist in LA
graffiti_art_battlescaled1000Wouldn’t it be so great to have a tee we can wear that really tells it like it is about Drugs.

Jenny Hip

We love artists!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
Sunday, November 28th, 2010

If you or anyone you know does graffiti art and lives in Los Angeles, here is your chance to use your art to keep our youth free of the influence of drugs and alcohol. This idea can go anywhere and everywhere, and we can help you make it happen. In fact, we want to help you make it happen. check out the right side bar on this site now!

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?

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

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Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Looking at where we are today as we strive to make Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream a reality, the progress clearly needs to be sped up and intensified. Narconon Professional Drug Prevention has enlisted The Positive Art of Hip Hop to unleash the energy and creativity of youth to battle an increasingly toxic environment that plagues families already oppressed by injustice and oppression.

A decade or so ago, a new phrase entered our language. Children were described as “at-risk youth.” The term referred to students who were at risk of dropping out of schools, succumbing to drugs and/or gangs. It still means that, but today, it is a far greater percentage of youth who fall in this category because of the abundance of drugs, both legal and illegal, the ease of access to drugs, including from medicine cabinets, and the ambivalence that has been expressed regarding the harm that drugs can factually do.

“Ridding communities of the negative effects of substance abuse is a vital component of what we need to do to factually achieve The Dream that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., envisioned decades ago,” says Teddy Chambers, Executive Director of Narconon Professional Drug Prevention and founder of Life Improvement From Education (L.I.F.E.) “A society that fails to guide youth and allow their creative spirit to fall short of the challenges they will face in a world that can be both unjust and oppressive is at serious risk. Drugs and crime invariably roll in where creativity fails to overcome.”

The MLK Anti Drug Kick-Off Event on December 18th enlisted Urban Artists to use their art to help remove the influence of drugs from our communities. The event held at Crewest Gallery, and hosted by well-known LA Urban Artist, Man One, was sponsored by Narconon Professional Drug Prevention, the National Alliance of Faith and Justice and Narconon Western United States.

The winning anti-drug piece was created by Jose Quevedo, a 23-year-old LA urban artist. It will be converted to an original tee and worn by participants in the Kingdom Day Parade, 17th Jan. 2011, to draw attention to the potential of youth art and creativity to overcome the undermining influence of drugs.

If we can create — The Dream can be achieved.” —
DRUGS RUIN CREATIVITY.

It is a message embraced by the artists who competed. Quevedo said when he won the Battle, “Drugs are bad for the thought and for the self. In order to open the mind, you must be free of corruption.”

Chambers says that more than ever, “the creativity of hip hop” is a vital component to making Dr. King’s dream a reality. She said, “We chose to bring LA’s urban artists into the equation for 2011 because we know how important their creativity is to Dr. King’s dream, and we also know that where drugs proliferate, creativity is ruined.”

Battle Winners were:

Jose Quevedo
Grand Prize:$200 and his “Drugs Ruin Creativity” graff piece will be featured in the Kingdom Day 2011 parade.

Cristian Cardenas
2nd prize $150. Cardenas is also a mentoree of Man One

John Zender and Jose Carlos Meraz
tied for 3rd sharing $100

(from left) judges, Gino Montesinos, writer actor, Heidi Lemmon, President National Skateboard Association, Graff Battle Winner, Tony Anguiano, Exec Dir., Narconon Professional Drug Prevention, Teddy Chambers, judge and owner Crewest Gallery, Man One

(left) Gino Montesinos, writer and actor (judge), Heidi Lemmon, President National Skateboard Association (judge), Jose Quevedo, Grand Prize Winner, Teddy Chambers, Exec. Dir. Narconon Professional Drug Prevention, Man One, owner Crewest Gallery (judge).

To see more pictures from the kick-off, click here.

View a video of the winning critique http://drugpreventiontraining.posterous.com/blog

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