Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Game Changer?
Youth and young adults are choosing to take a stand and change the conversation, change their futures and Change the Game related to their physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
The Game Changer Opioid Awareness and Substance Misuse Summit.
West Virginia Game Changers is an initiative designed to educate, support and empower our youth to make healthy choices as they prepare to be our leaders of tomorrow. Our youth and their peers will help influence positive community development. Our goal is to encourage our youth to lead by example through healthy lifestyles, improve the future, and make a difference in the state of West Virginia.
Endorsed by Governor Jim Justice, WV Game Changers’ mission is clear – inspire our youth to help change the game in West Virginia. Fueled by what is believed to be the largest Public-Private Coalition in the nation, state departments, agencies, and organizations are teaming with the private business sector to meet not only the opioid and substance misuse issue in the state but vaping, tobacco and alcohol misuse, teen suicide and the state’s bursting-at-the-seams foster parenting program. In addition, programs geared toward proper nutrition leading to a healthier lifestyle. Whatever your interests may be, and whatever that inspires you to become – be a game-changer. Now is the time to stand up and lead the next generation of change in West Virginia.
These GameChangers come from all walks of life and every corner of our state.
- GameChangers in Organized Sports
- GameChangers in Band, Chorus, Drama & Other Clubs
- GameChangers in Scholastic Achievement
- GameChangers for Individual Health & Wellbeing
- GameChangers for Family, Faith & Community
- GameChangers for Self
West Virginia high school kids have come a long way! Looking at the numbers, they’re already Changing the Game – and they have been for years.
Youth have been Changing the Game with healthy decisions. As new challenges emerge – like the Opioid Epidemic – they need real facts and support to continue making good choices.
GameChangers is here to empower WV youth – with straight-up facts and information, solid support and major amplification of their voice as they work to Change the Game in their local communities, statewide and beyond.
91% Wear Seatbelts
Only 6% are Frequent Smokers
Only 28% Drink Alcohol
Only 26% Drink at Least One Soda a Day
Only 18% Used Marijuana in Past 30 Days
66% 25 years ago
20% 25 years ago
53% 25 years ago
46% 18 years ago
29% 18 years ago
Fact: Most youth and young adults are NOT involved in substance misuse and other unhealthy behaviors.
In Fact: The majority of WV youth are making a positive difference.
GameChangers is here to amplify these positive choices, voices and actions – to Change the Game, improve the future and make a difference for WV.
GameChangers is the youth-led prevention, peer-to-peer influence, positive youth development and community enhancement organization designed to educate, support and empower teens to make healthy choices and become leaders.
While we’re focused on the Opioid Epidemic, GameChangers have a positive impact on much, much more.
- In Your Local Community
If you’re a GameChanger – or want to become one – check back here to find local groups, sign up to win GameChangers swag, gift cards, scholarship opportunities and more!
- At the Statewide Level – Apply for “TAC”
TAC stands for “Teen Advisory Council,” which is a representative group of youth from across the state working together to help define, shape and guide the entire GameChanger organization.
It’s an awesome responsibility and a great opportunity!
If you or someone you know may need help with drug dependence or addiction, these trusted resources can help. GameChangers is here to draw attention to the fantastic groups and organizations working with youth and young adults in local communities. Listed below are several of these outstanding resources.