Turning Point Times Fall 2023

Fall Events Schedule

Come say hello to members of Turning Point Coalition and RAPA Teen Institute at these upcoming events:
  • Orrville Fall Fest at Orr Park - Saturday, October 22nd from 5 PM to 8 PM. Join RAPA members in celebrating the Halloween season at their Trunk or Treat station.
  • Haunted Halls - Monday, October 30th at 6 PM. RAPA will be decorating a classroom for Orrville High School's annual Haunted Halls.
  • Home for the Holidays in Downtown Orrville - Friday, November 24th from 5 PM to 8 PM

Turning Point Coalition's New Billboard

Turning Point Coalition (TPC) recently put up a new billboard that reads, “People Who Are Drug Free, Live Free. Choose Free.” This message perfectly represents the coalition’s mission to create a community environment that will help keep youth alcohol, tobacco, and drug free. The billboard was designed by a member of RAPA (Riders are Peer Advocates) Teen Institute, the local youth coalition sponsored by TPC. RAPA members came up with the message together, and one of the members used their art skills to incorporate it into an original design.About the Artist: Amy Govea is entering her junior year at Orrville High School. She has been a member of RAPA since freshman year and joined “to make a change in the school and help others.” Amy was one of six students who attended the 2023 National Leadership Forum hosted by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) in Washington, D.C. This trip is just one of the many things Amy has been part of since joining RAPA. She also volunteers at many community events RAPA is involved with, including the annual Haunted Halls at the high school and the Pizza and Books event at the library. Amy explained that the billboard design was inspired by “my friend Ben when he said the quote, ‘people who are drug free, live free, choose free,’ and I just made it into a design that resembled freedom.” Amy is excited for the next two years of high school and plans to continue being an active member of RAPA.

Alcohol and Vaping: Separating Fact from Fiction

The prevalence of social media has made it difficult to determine what information is true and what is made up. This unfortunate phenomenon becomes even clearer when considering the impact that substances can have on our lives, and the lives of young people. Youth use alcohol and electronic vaping products at higher rates than any other substance. There are many different opinions about youth substance use, and the impact that substances can have on their health. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) developed fact sheets to help people better understand these substances pose to young people. Please take some time to look at these fact sheets below and visit SAMHSA's website for more information.

Meeting Times
When: The second Friday of the month at 8:30 AM
Where:  Orrville High School Board of Ed and ZoomUpcoming meetings:October 13
November 10
December 8

To receive the Zoom link, message us on Facebook or email CoalitionsCommunication@gmail.com

Community Speakers at Meetings

We are looking for speakers who work with youth or are also involved in the prevention field. Collaborating with community partners has been the key to our success, and we enjoy learning about how others approach the work we do.

If you are interested in talking to us about how you are serving youth in the community, or your role in substance use prevention please reach out to us at coalitionscommunication@gmail.com.

Turning Point Coalition (TPC) was launched in 2004 by a group of concerned citizens working to help create a community environment where youth strive to be alcohol, tobacco, and drug free. The coalition continues its mission with education, information, and advocacy.