Vaping Lunch & Learn ft. Shane Watson of notMYkid; July 26, 2019

Project Manager for Project REWIND

Shane originally joined notMYkid in January 2013 as a peer educator on the topic of substance abuse.  Shortly afterward, he joined our full-time staff in the role of Communications Coordinator, overseeing the management, maintenance, and content creation for our website, email campaigns, and social media platforms.
Currently, Shane serves as a Prevention Specialist. In this role he does topic research, creates and edits presentations, and presents on multiple topics. Shane facilitates parent and school faculty presentations on substance abuse, bullying, Internet safety, depression/self-injury/suicide, and prescription drug abuse prevention. He presents to students on substance abuse prevention, depression, self-injury, and suicide. Shane also co-facilitates our early intervention program, Project REWIND.
In his time with notMYkid, he has performed over 345 presentations to an audience of over 25,000 at schools, corporations, conferences, and community groups in Arizona, California, Boston, and Kansas City. He also handles media relations for the organization, which includes local and national interviews for television, radio, print, and web. Shane is a registered ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Trainer and facilitates suicide intervention workshops in Arizona.
Shane graduated from Grand Canyon University with a B.A. in Communications.  Prior to joining notMYkid, Shane worked in marketing, eBusiness, publishing, and broadcasting.  He has a passion for public speaking and helping others, and is excited about combining those areas of interest in his work with notMYkid.  In his spare time, Shane enjoys spending time with his family, working out, hiking, traveling, reading, writing, and creating interactive online art projects.
  • Tempe Coalition:
  • Funded since 2011 by the Drug Free Communities Support Program (White House Office of National Drug Control Policy)
  • In existence since 1987
  • More than 75 members on the Coalition representing a broad array of community sectors:  business, schools, law enforcement, media, faith based, youth serving organizations, parents, youth and others.
  • Been addressing mainly youth alcohol and marijuana abuse with a focus on the fact that nearly half of all Tempe teens get alcohol at parties and that 75% of Tempe teens see little or no harm to using marijuana
  • But, this year we have added in prescription drug misuse as we know that the majority of overdoses of opioids in Tempe are 20-29 year olds and that 1 in 6 Tempe teens have taken prescription drugs not prescribed for them according to the 2018 Arizona Youth Survey.
  • The Coalition focuses on prevention and education for the community and our coalition members.  Prevention works!
  • We are proud to partner with the City & Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department to bring you this training
  • We will be continuing to offer these Lunch N Learn opportunities this year throughout the Tempe business community to inform Tempe on a variety of subjects:  youth substance use, how parents can talk to their youth about drugs, adolescent brain development, trauma informed care and many other subjects…

If you would like more information on our Lunch & Learn’s or believe that you know someone who would make a great presenter, please contact Hilary Cummings at [email protected]