Poster contest promotes awareness


TAYLOR COUNTY—The Taylor County Collaborative Family Resource Network (TCCFRN) is proud to announce the winners of the Youth Family Prevention Grant art contest. 

In the 5-7 age group the winner was Chloe McDonald, and in the 8-10-year-old category, the winner was Phoenix Lyons. 

The 11-15 age group contained two winners, including first-place victor Carter Valentine and second-place champion Mattie Flohr. 

The overall winner for the entire contest was McKenzie Flohr.

Problem gambling has recently emerged as a significant public health issue.  While most efforts target adult gambling, there is a growing concern that adolescent and young adults represent the highest risk group for gambling problems. 

Online technology has made gambling more approachable and offers an on-demand and immersive experience for today’s youth. 

The novelty digital environment engulfs young minds and makes them more susceptible to developing a serious gambling problem.

But, the fine folks at the Taylor County Collaborative Family Resource Network are working hard to bring awareness of this growing problem to our community. 

“Kids exposed to gambling are at risk for other issues, including substance abuse,” said Cathy Coontz, TCCFRN Executive Director. “We are extremely excited to team with the Problem Gamblers Help Network of WV (1-800-Gambler) to teach the parents and kids of Taylor County the dangers of gambling and addiction.”

If you would like more information, you can call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gambler.net.

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