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Wiregrass teen selected as national ambassador for Tobacco Free Kid

Summer Harrison is an Ashford High School student.
Summer Harrison is an Ashford High School student.(WTVY)
Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 4:06 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

For over a year, Summer Harrison, a 14-year-old Ashford High School student has been serving with 334 Prevention Project and doing peer to peer education on the dangers of smoking, drugs, and substance abuse.

“We try and advocate for younger kids to stop smoking and stop flavored tobacco products,” says Harrison.

Her mentors have many words to describe her work in the community.

“Above and beyond, overachiever, always volunteering and dedicated,” says 334 Prevention Project Roxane Fuentes.

Characteristics that led to her being selected as a national ambassador for Tobacco Free Kid campaign.

A title that only one other in the state holds and the first in the Wiregrass.

With her new position, she plans to make changes while educating.

“I hope to reach out to more of the executive members of the state and try to get it banned,” says Harrison.

So no one else becomes a victim to the long term effects associated with smoking and vaping.

“A lot of my family smokes and I see how it hurts them and hurts their immune systems,” says Harrison.

Summer and the 334 Prevention Project team invite other kids in grades 8 through 12 to get involved, volunteer, and help make a difference.

There will be a launch party on August 24th for those interested.

You get opportunities to earn scholarships, you do fun stuff, we have a good time. You know what the best part, we’re a family,” says Fuentes.

The group also offers monthly teen talks, webinars, and a podcast will be live starting next month.

To learn more about how 334 Prevention Project serves the community or for information on the launch party, click here.

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