Local Non-profit Targets Increased Drug Use in Schools

Find out how Momentum’s educational and deterrent after-school programs address the rise of substance abuse, curbs anger and violence in middle school and high school youth.

Online PR News – 21-June-2013 – Long Beach, CA – Keynote Speaker, Malcolm Johnson, Senior Vice President, JPMorgan Chase Bank, MBA, Carnegie Mellon University, former NFL wide receiver, BBA, University of Notre Dame, PRESENTS “Advanced Marketing Strategy ~ What it takes to WIN in a Competitive Environment” AND The Los Angeles Music Award-nominated Gia’s Fix, performing at such Hollywood venues as the Viper Room, The Galaxy, The Roxy, and Martini Blues. Both will be the main attraction at momentum Organization’s September 28th Crystal Gala Fundraiser benefitting Long Beach youth.

In January, 2012, CDC reported that Long Beach is among the 5 US cities with the worst Gang violence. The report is based on data provided by CDC’s National Violet Death Reporting System comparing gang and non-gang data on violence and homicide. In Long Beach, gang homicides account for 69% of homicides among 15 to 24 year olds.

From 2009 through 201, statistics show student drug use increased by 2.3% from 20.8% to 23.1%; and from 19.7% reported in 2007.**

Alarming Statistics – Marijuana users who began using in adolescence revealed a profound deficit in connections between brain areas responsible for learning and memory. Additionally, a large prospective study (following individuals across time) showed that those who began smoking marijuana heavily in their teens lost as much as 8 points in IQ between age 13 and age 38; and importantly, the lost cognitive abilities were not restored in those who quit smoking marijuana as adults.

**Source: NIH and CDC – a survey is conducted biennially during the spring semester in public and private schools throughout the United States.

About Momentum Organization, a California non-profit Corporation: Momentum Organization provides Life Skill Coaching, Substance Abuse Education, Socialization, Mentoring, and Counseling to youth aged 13-18. Momentum implements the acclaimed Botvin Life Skills Training Program in Public Schools, Juvenile Justice and the Foster Care System as a preventative and educational tool.

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