Monday, November 17, 2008


On Thursday, November 13, nearly 60 kids filled the Beach Middle School library to answer one question: What can we do to prevent kids in Chelsea from drinking and doing drugs?

The SRSLY Youth Meeting brought together local 10 to 18-year-olds who shared their ideas about the SRSLY Program and ways to connect with Chelsea’s youth about high-risk behavior. Working in groups of six or seven, the attendees came up with over 50 different ways to prevent underage drinking and drug use. Facilitators included teachers and Link Leaders from Chelsea High School and Beach Middle School, youth pastors, a librarian, and parents.

This is what we are all about. This is the whole point of SRSLY. We are a team, made up of very different people, who all want the same thing. We want kids in Chelsea to be happy and healthy, and make good decisions about drugs and alcohol. And the best way to achieve that is to let the kids take the lead. That's exactly what happened last week, and I couldn't be more excited about it. Thanks to all those who came and shared their great ideas.
If you want a chance to speak your mind and share your ideas, your chance is coming up tomorrow (Tuesday, 11/18, 6:30 - 8pm at the Washington St. Education Center cafeteria). Can't make it tomorrow? Keep checking the calendar at We'll have another big meeting in early December.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Why We're Here

Last weekend, something terrible happened. Two Chelsea teens, Ian Hughes and Anna Herter, were killed in a dirt bike crash on Friday evening, November 7th, 2008.

What we know is that they were on a dirt bike, it was after dark, and they weren’t wearing helmets. There is some speculation that alcohol was involved, but that has not been confirmed. Whether or not alcohol was involved, riding a dirt bike in the dark with no helmet on is very dangerous. If alcohol was involved, then it made an already dangerous situation even worse. Now Anna and Ian are gone, and everyone who knew them will miss them very much. Our deepest sympathies go out to their friends and families.

But it didn’t have to happen this way. SRSLY is here because we want to make sure this stuff doesn’t happen anymore. But if we’re going to do that, we have to work together. We are lucky to be part of a community of people that care about each other. Now we have to work together, as a community, to try and prevent tragedies such as this one from happening again.

Friday, November 7, 2008


October was a fun time to be part of SRSLY. Between Project Sticker Shock, the Link Crew Homecoming Tailgate Party, Anti-Drug posters and lessons with 5th and 6th graders, and having kids sign up to join SRSLY left and right... the past month was totally awesome!

With Project Sticker Shock we COVERED Chelsea businesses with bright green stickers and posters, reminding adults that buying alcohol for minors is in fact, illegal. Seems simple enough, but what really got everyone's attention (including the Ann Arbor News and Chelsea Standard) was the fact that kids were the ones sending the message! 40 CHS students joined together with Chelsea PD and 19 local businesses to raise awareness about the penalties for buying for minors, and send the message that it is srsly not ok.

Over 300 South Meadows students worked on posters to promote a drug-free lifestly in Chelsea as part of the "What's your anti-drug?" poster contest. Kids drew themselves running, horseback riding, skateboarding, reading, climbing trees, and hanging out with their friends and family, because these are all healthy things that help them stay drug-free. For their community service project, Girls on the Run participants brought completed posters to businesses on Chelsea's Main St. and asked them to display the posters in their stores. Once again, the message that kids want to live above the influence is heard that much more clearly when it is coming directly from kids.

So here's what we need now: more youth involvement. Adults can only do so much with SRSLY. I need every kid in Chelsea, between the ages of 10 and 18, to come to a meeting on Thursday night, November 13th, at Beach Middle School library from 6:30 - 8pm, and share your ideas about what we can do to prevent destructive behavior in Chelsea youth. I want to hear why you think kids in this town drink or do drugs, and I want to hear how you think we can keep that from happening in the future. No, scratch that... I don't WANT to hear your ideas. I NEED to hear them! Because let's face it, you guys are the ones on the front lines. You know what's really going on. So you know better than any adult what should be done about it.

Plus, I'll have lots of pizza at the meeting. So even if you don't have any ideas right now, you should come anyways. You'll get to eat some food, see your friends, and hear their ideas. And I'm sure after talking about this stuff for a little bit, you'll come up with some of your own.

Then after you come to the youth-only meeting on the 13th, make sure you join your parents at the community-wide meeting on the 18th, at the Washington St. Education Center cafeteria. That's where we'll tell adults in Chelsea all the great ideas youth had, and get to work on implementing the chnages you asked for.