It's good, clean fun when local teens get 'locked in' at the rec center
From 9 p.m. on Friday, February 25, until 5 a.m. the next morning, 115 teens attended the Westshore Young Leaders Lock In at the Westlake Recreation Center. High school teens from Bay Village, Westlake, Rocky River, Fairview Park, Lakewood and North Olmsted enjoyed a night of swimming, basketball, volleyball, corn hole, karaoke, dancing and movies.
School administrators, police officers, teachers, counselors, parents, and Westshore Enforcement Bureau staff chaperoned this fun-filled event. Students from the Westshore communities had fun forming friendships with teens from other schools while enjoying a night of alcohol-free and drug-free activities.
The Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB) has provided drug and alcohol prevention services through community education since 1975 and is heralded as a model drug task force in Ohio. In fall 2010, WEB was awarded stimulus funding from the state of Ohio to provide alcohol and drug prevention services to teens in the following six communities: Bay Village, Westlake, Rocky River, Fairview Park, Lakewood and North Olmsted.
Special Agent in Charge Jeff Capretto created the Westshore Young Leaders Network out of this grant to serve middle school and high school students through provision of activities and events which promote and support alcohol and drug free choices.
Involvement with the Westshore Young Leaders meetings and participation in planned activities provides teens an opportunity to learn effective leadership and decision making skills while also discovering their unique talents.
Carole Ochs is a School Prevention Specialist with the Westshore Enforcement Bureau.