The "We Are The Majority" rally is a project from the Community Awareness and Prevention Association
CLEVELAND -- More than one hundred young people marched through the streets of Cleveland today, chanting and shouting that they plan to stay drug and alcohol free.
The "We Are The Majority" rally is a project from the Community Awareness and Prevention Association. Students from several high schools took part in team-building exercises, a march and then listened to speakers in council chambers at City Hall. All day they carried signs that said things such as, "I am a leader," "I am the solution" and "I am drug free."
According to youth surveys, 91.2 percent of Cuyahoga County students do not currently use prescription drugs not prescribed for them. And 67.9 percent did not drink alcohol 30 days prior to the survey, 60.2 percent have never used marijuana, 69.3 percent have never smoked a cigarette, and 80.8 percent say they have a supportive adult in their life.
The purpose of the rally is to raise awareness that the majority of youth do make healthy choices and do not use drugs and alcohol.
Jaclyn and Nolan Brandt, the sister and brother of Robby Brandt, for whomRobby's Voice was named, also spoke at the event.
They told the story of their brother's heroin overdose and encouraged the teens to stay on the right path and not be afraid to speak up when they see something that isn't right.