I "#PassOnIt" Because of My Best Friend

 I "#PassOnIt" Because of My Best Friend

It has been seven months since I last saw my best friend. She was sent to a therapeutic boarding school where communication with the outside world is forbidden, leaving us with no way to connect. The first few months without her by my side were brutal. I felt empty and lost, as if a piece of me was missing. Luckily, I have learned to cope with the change. The overall experience has allowed me to confidently admit that I pass on drugs.

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#PassOnIt: Winner of Our Summer Blog Contest

#PassOnIt: Winner of Our Summer Blog Contest

Congratulations to Mirabelle, a 10th Grader at a private South Bay high school, for winning our summer Pass On It blog contest. Mirabelle will receive a check for $50 from South Bay Families Connected. We love the research Mirabelle did in writing this blog, as well as the personal insight she shared in her top five reasons to say "I'll pass" to tobacco and vaping. Her winning blog is below:

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My Freshman Experience: How Trying to “Fit In” Came at the Price of Well-Being

My Freshman Experience: How Trying to “Fit In” Came at the Price of Well-Being

I had been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder three years prior to coming to college. When I arrived, I tried to convince myself that I could break free from my history of depression and anxiety by living away from my family and creating a new life for myself outside of home.

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#PassOnIt: winter 2016 winning video by Leo Freese

#PassOnIt: winter 2016 winning video by Leo Freese

Our prompt for the 2015-16 winter video contest was "what inspires you to say "I'll pass" to drugs and alcohol"? For our video winner, Leo Freese, it's doing urban skate tricks. Though we can't endorse his use of public parks and parking lots, we are amazed by his skills and his dedication to his passion. Leo won $100 for his video. Hoping he uses it toward skate parks in the future. :)

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Why 'Kill Them with Kindness' Doesn't Always Work

Why 'Kill Them with Kindness' Doesn't Always Work

All throughout my early life, my mom consistently reminded me of a few key rules I should follow, perhaps the most important being that I should be nice to everyone. Be nice without expecting anything in return, and especially be kind in the face of those who are not. It was one of those ideas that I always kept somewhere in the back of my mind but didn't really pay much attention to. After all, I generally had always just tried to be a good person, though admittedly I didn't try very hard to go out of my way to be nice... Typically, this would be the part of the story where I say that I learned being kind in the face of rudeness works, and that I am forever changed to be the happiest and most kind-hearted person there is, vowing to destroy darkness from the world. But you know what? That didn't happen.

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