Take a video tour of the Hidden in Plain Sight traveling teen bedroom
SAFE in Northern Michigan’s Hidden in Plain Sight trailer was developed to educate parents and caregivers on what to look for if they suspect that their teen might be using substances. The trailer is designed to look like a teenager’s bedroom and includes a variety of items that represent assets, which is something that has a positive influence on the teen’s life such as family, music, or sports, and risk factors, such as vapes, alcohol, and marijuana. The trailer travels across the counties that SAFE serves and makes an appearance at community events, parent-teacher conferences, and sporting events. Watch the video below to take a virtual tour of the trailer!
We are looking for sponsors for our new “Hidden in Plain Sight” trailer project. If you are interested please see information on this page to donate!
Traveling teen bedroom brings awareness to current drug trends
(2019) SAFE in Northern Michigan is working to educate parents on the emerging substance use trends for teens by creating a replica of a teen’s bedroom that travels to various sites. The trailer, which has been converted to look like a teen’s bedroom, will be parked outside of high schools in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties during parent-teacher conferences with the intent of informing parents about vaping, marijuana, underage drinking and other substance use related items. Local schools have noted an increase in the use of vaping devices by their students. Many parents have reported being unaware of current drug trends and delivery devices.
Susan Pulaski, SAFE Coalition project coordinator, said “Because of the danger of vaping, we want parents to be informed of these devices so that they can open the door to a conversation with their teen. Awareness of what devices look like can help to protect their teen.” As parents enter the trailer, they can choose to have a guided tour from a trained SAFE Coalition member or use digital posters to learn about items that can be used for vaping/marijuana or disguising substance use.
Funding for the trailer was made possible by the Northern Michigan Regional Entity and donations of labor and materials from the Home Depot in Petoskey. SAFE will have the trailer at events again in the spring. If you are interested in scheduling a time or event, please email email@example.com.
For additional information on the trailer, sponsorship or to schedule a visit with the trailer, call Susan Pulaski at (231) 347-5813.
FACT: 86.8% of Charlevoix County high school students reported NOT using marijuana in the past 30 days.(MiPHY 2022)
FACT: 88.6% of Antrim County high school students reported NOT using marijuana in the past 30 days.(MiPHY 2022)
In the past 30 days, 15.3 percent of Charlevoix County High School students reported vaping. (MiPHY 2022)
In the past 30 days, 12.1percent of Antrim County High School students reported vaping. (MiPHY 2022)
In the past 30 days, 23.4 percent of Emmet County High School students reported vaping. (MiPHY 2022)
SAFE is proud to have 109 active youth members, 43 active adult members, and 11 active school partners.
From 2014 to 2020, the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drugs DECREASED around the SAFE region!
FACT: 70% of Emmet County high school students reported NOT using marijuana in the past 30 days.(MiPHY 2022)