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Severance student member of teen advisory council

The Coloradoan, Jul. 12, 2011

Kyla Beck, 12, is the youngest member of the new Teen Advisory Council to the Colorado Meth Project.Ashley Keesis-Wood/Windsor Beacon

Kyla Beck was looking for an opportunity to become more involved in her community.

As a result, Beck nows finds herself as the youngest member of the Teen Advisory Council (TAC) for the Colorado Meth (Methamphetamine) Project.

"This is a really good program," Beck, an incoming Severance Middle School seventh grader, said. "I'll be warning kids about the effects of meth."

The Colorado Meth Program started the TAC this year to assist in its fight to prevent meth use among students. The TAC is designed to raise awareness through community service projects, including peer outreach in schools and programs to encourage teen involvement in the community.

Beck is one of 15 students in middle and high school selected across the state, and the only representative from the Weld Re-4 school district.

"It's kind of scary to be the only one," she admitted.

Beck was turned onto this program by Shannon Madden, a counselor at Northridge High School in Greeley, who had been a counselor for Beck when she attended Christa McAuliffe Elementary.

"I filled out an application and had an interview," Beck said.

"I found out in April that I was chosen."

Beck and her fellow participants have already had one meeting with Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to kick start the program, and will continue to meet throughout the school year.

"Our next event is a Rockies game in August," Beck said. "We'll speak about our project before the game."