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4-H Club members discuss drug abuse, careers in science with experts over the Internet

Published: 02/04/15 9:14AM
By: booner

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Leslie Weaver (L), coordinator of Fort Valley State University’s 4-H Healthy Living Program, gives instructions to Seth Moody, 12 (foreground) and Tyrese Buckner, 13 of Fort Valley during Drug Facts Chat Day in FVSU’s Mobile Information Technology Center Jan. 30.

More than 16 young people from Fort Valley received a chance to discuss drug abuse and career opportunities in science during Drug Facts Chat Day Jan. 30. at Fort Valley State University.

From 4-5 p.m., members of the Fort Valley Boys and Girls Club who share membership in FVSU’s 4-H Program, operated computer stations in FVSU’s Mobile Information Technology Center (MITC) to chat on the internet with scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Leslie Weaver, coordinator of FVSU’s 4-H Healthy Living Program, said that by taking part in a live chat with scientists, club members received information addressing the truths, myths and facts concerning drugs and abuse as well as career opportunities in science.

Tyrese Buckner, 13 of Fort Valley, was very excited with his experience chatting with scientists over the internet. “I learned a lot from some people, and I got to meet really good smart scientists,” Tyrese said. He also said the scientists told him that they liked science a lot when they were young, and that’s why many decided to make it a career.

Weaver said the program successfully met its goal. “Some of these kids have never left the city of Fort Valley, and for them to be chatting with scientists in Washington, D.C. on a national level, is really exciting for them and me,” Weaver said.

The internet discussion was part of the observance of the annual National Drug Facts Week held this year from Jan. 26-Feb. 1. Weaver said FVSU will hold future drug chat days in conjunction with Drug Facts Week.

For more information about FVSU’s 4-H Healthy Living Program, contact Weaver at (478) 825-6955 or send an e-mail at weaverl@fvsu.edu.