Local students win outstanding youth prevention award

Two local high school students, Brianna Fetz and Emma Wiese recently earned statewide recognition.

Brianna Fetz, a senior at Lee’s Summit West High School, recently received ACT Missouri’s Outstanding Youth Prevention Award at the 15th Annual Speak Hard Youth Conference in Jefferson City. She was also presented a Courtesy House Resolution from Representative Rebecca Roeber.

Brianna is a vital leader in the Lee’s Summit CARES Coalition’s Youth Advisory Board; using her voice and passion to help other young people find the resources they may need to live healthier lives. She shares her story in a very brave and honest way that has inspired others and will continue to make a positive impact in her community. Brianna, like the rest of our group, wants to encourage students to have healthy coping skills, find ways to bring more awareness for suicide prevention, and reduce the stigma around mental health.

She joined the coalition’s Youth Mental Health and Wellness Task Force, volunteers her time for interviews, and fills leadership roles within the group in order to bring successful student led activities to the city of Lee's Summit.

Emma Wiese, a senior at Lee’s Summit West High School, recently received ACT Missouri’s Outstanding Youth Prevention Award at the 15th Annual Speak Hard Youth Conference in Jefferson City. She was also presented a Courtesy House Resolution from Representative Rebecca Roeber.

Emma participates in the Lee’s Summit CARES Coalition and serves on its Youth Advisory Board (YAB) and Youth Mental Health and Wellness Task Force. She brings an honest student perspective and helps to create programming and events. She and other YAB members recently held a panel discussion with the community to discuss why students are stressed and healthy ways to cope with their stressors.

Emma is a source of comfort for many of her friends and has gone out of her way to connect some friends with the resources they need. She knows what a positive effect being an advocate in her community can have, and she is not afraid of a challenge or to speak her mind. She brings an energy to the group that helps keep us moving forward and usually laughing with her funny sense of humor.

ACT Missouri is the statewide training and resource center for substance use prevention; providing technical assistance and funding to ten Prevention Resource Centers and 160 registered prevention community coalitions.