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Lauren Etzkorn, D.A.R.E Youth Advocacy Board Illinois Representative

Posted on June 25, 2015 by in Hometown, Illinois, Other Illinois State Board Members and Officials, Youth Advocacy Board

Lauren Etzkorn, D.A.R.E Youth Advocacy Board Illinois Representative

Hi! My name is Lauren Etzkorn and I am the D.A.R.E Youth Lauren Etzkorn, D.A.R.E Youth Advocacy Board Illinois RepresentativeBoard Representative for Illinois because I believe and follow the lessons that D.A.R.E teaches. I was able to participate in the D.A.R.E. program when I was in 5th Grade at Schiesher Elementary School in Lisle, IL.

The same year I was taking D.A.R.E., I experienced the loss of my uncle to a drug overdose. It is extremely difficult to watch someone abuse drugs, and it was especially difficult for me because I lost the opportunity to get to know and spend time with my uncle. I believe that staying drug and violence free is the best—and only—way to live your life, so I am looking forward to being part of the D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board (YAB). I am excited to work in my state to share the D.A.R.E. message.

I enjoy helping others and volunteering. I love working with kids through Lisle Teens with Character and volunteer with many youth activities. I also hope to volunteer more at Illinois Math and Science Academy this coming year. Most importantly, I want to represent D.A.R.E. while leading a healthy and drug free life.

I am planning to participate in events, speak at graduations, promote D.A.R.E., and more importantly be a role model for D.A.R.E. I plan to work hard to help young people be drug and violence free and do my best to make a difference in my community. To me, this is the first step in a long life of helping others and trying my best to make the world a healthier and happier place. I am excited for my first year as a youth representative and cannot wait to help others with the D.A.R.E. organization the same way the D.A.R.E. organization has helped me.