Submitted by Angela Natrasevschi
Methamphetamine is a horrible drug that ruins lives, it has a large impact in my country, and our world. I, Angela Natrasevschi, have been working to educate others to create more awareness to the dangers of meth, and hopefully aid in prevention.
I created a presentation that fully educates on all the aspects people need to know about meth, and I’ve also translated it to several languages including Spanish, Romanian and Polish. It’s accessible worldwide through YouTube.
I’ve also organized or been a part of several events that have impacted large amounts of people and made an impact on their lives. The many facets of my project have served to educate people and spread my message. I developed a presentation and artwork to raise awareness and educate the community on the risks of meth use. In August 2011, I had a booth at the Fort Collins, CO New West Fest; I spoke with people about the dangers of the drug and collected signatures. I also created two meth-related artworks that were displayed in my booth. For months I prepared; one step was to conduct training for Girl Scouts available to volunteer at my booth. All my hard work made a difference. In the two days I ran the booth, collectively 1,017 people signed my “Pledge to be Meth Free.”
In September, my Meth-related art work was featured at the Denver Civic Arts Theater Gallery in Denver to create more awareness of the problems we face. I talked to Jonathan of the Colorado Meth Project and found out my paintings were viewed by over 2,000 people on first Friday at gallery. Wow, I love art.
In October 2011, I spoke at the Generation Wow event at the Denver Marriott about my project in front of 500 distinguished individuals of Colorado. I spoke at the Soroptimist International of Fort Collins Living her Dream Award Dinner on Feb. 21, 2012. It was a lovely evening with about 60 present. I received The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes and honors young women who volunteer to make the community and world a better place. (At this date 4,260 people inspired by “Fighting Meth”.) My speech is online at [youtube http://youtube.com/w/?v=U8u_rNxnvhM&feature=relmfu]
The Coloradoan newspaper ran an article on meth on Feb. 28 2012. I interviewed for the article, telling my story and gave information about meth. The article featured my oil painting, “Meth Mouth.”
9 News Colorado uses Coloradoan news article about Meth online. http://www.9news.com/news/article/252385/222/Meth-takes-over-lives-in-No
So far, I’ve put over 300 hours into my Girl Scout Gold Award Project, “Fighting Meth” and benefited over 32,761 people and counting. My 20 volunteers have spent of over 400 hours “Fighting Meth.”
Coming soon I will tell you what my Girl Scout Gold Award means to me.
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