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Youth With Vision Members Travel to Jefferson City

YWV members gathered on the Capitol steps during their visit to Jefferson City were (from left, front) Emma Latz (Kearney), Kassidy Findley (Lawson), Miranda Andrews (Excelsior Springs MS)
Natalie Andrews (Excelsior Springs MS)
Amber Thrasher (North KC)
Carah Sage (North Platte), (second row), Jordyn Beard (Smithville), Kelsey Prather (TCMH youth prevention specialist) Reilly Scott (Park Hill South)
Jay Elder (Park Hill)
Destiny Adams (Kearney), (third row) Spencer Owens (Lawson),
Justin Wood (Lawson), Megan Stewart (Lawson),
Caitlynn Bohanon (North KC),
Morgan Neal (Liberty North),
Sydney Neal (Liberty North),
Madelyn Judah (Park Hill South), fourth row) Vicky Ward, TCMHS prevention services manager, Jake Wolfe (Smithville), Katharine Turpen (North KC) and Casey Flynn (Staley). YWV members Olivia Krueger (St Pius) and Matthew Shafer (Lawson) are not pictured, but were also part of the legislative visit.

Advocates of Youth With Vision (YWV) spent Jan. 25 traveling to Jefferson City to spend the day with their legislators to encourage them to support the group’s prevention goals.

The legislative priorities the YWV members shared with the legislators are:

- Establish a narcotics control monitoring system between pharmacies in Missouri (HB 90) in order to identify emerging prescription diversion and abuse trends and find areas where prevention and intervention are needed.

- Raise the the legal age to 21 to purchase tobacco statewide (Tobacco 21) because research indicates it would reduce smoking among 13-to-17-year olds by 25% and among 18-to-20-year-olds by 15%.

- Block attempts to legalize marijuana in the state. The young people do not want another addictive substance, which studies have shown negatively affects attention span, memory, learning and intelligence, legalized in the state.

The group, which was hosted by State Senator Ryan Silvey (R-17), also enjoyed a tour of the Capitol Building.

Youth With Vision, supported by Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc., (TCMHS) is a student led organization made up of high school leaders from the Clay, Platte and Ray counties, dedicated to fighting the devastating effects of alcohol and drug abuse in their schools and communities. 

For more information about Youth With Vision, contact TCMHS youth prevention specialist Kelsey Prather (816) 877-0496 or or visit online at

24-Hour Emergency Crisis Line 1-888-279-8188 (TTY or Voice: 1-800-380-3323)

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