This program helps youth gain the confidence to be an advocate in the field of substance abuse prevention. The goal is that the students will leave the program feeling empowered to create change in their community - no matter how big or small.

Hope Heimsoth, senior, and Colbey Boicourt, junior, at Versailles High School have been selected to be a Youth Ambassador for Missouri’s Youth/Adult Alliance (MYAA)’s Youth Ambassador Program.

Ambassadors play an integral role in the overall development and operation of MYAA’s statewide underage drinking prevention initiative. They serve in leadership roles within their community and represent MYAA with media and events. The term includes the 2017-18 school year.

Members of MYAA’s Youth Ambassador Program are hardworking individuals who have demonstrated commitment to reaching out to peers and younger students. Ambassadors serve as role models and agree to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

Colbey and Hope are involved at VHS with prevention activities as members of CLEAR, Tobacco Free Tigers and Students Against Destructive Decisions. Colbey is in football, cross country, basketball, baseball, BETA club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Hope is in volleyball, golf, manager boys’ basketball and baseball, Fellowship for Christian Athletes, Beta Club, National Honor Society, German club, Student Council, Chamber Choir, CLEAR, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and Tobacco Free Tigers.

Colbey and Hope set an example of positive and responsible teen attitudes and behavior. Colbey is sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Laurie. Hope is sponsored by the Laurie Elks Lodge. Both were nominated to serve in the program by Morgan County CLEAR coalition.