YES Fest arrives at Cardinal Mooney in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The talk going around Cardinal Mooney High School Wednesday morning as part of the “YES Fest” was: Say no to drugs and yes to community initiatives that build people up.

Last year, Boardman High School hosted the event.

A motivational speaker talked about ways students can recognize their strengths in order to contribute to community causes.

“We have some tables in the gymnasium with different agencies around the area, offering them some opportunities to volunteer, also to get some information on the various agencies that provide different types of services, social service agencies, drug and alcohol agencies, counseling agencies,” said school counselor Chrysann Mitzel.

But she said local parents who lost their sons to drug overdoses speaking to parents and students about the warning signs and dangers of drug use made the biggest impact.

“And some of the videos and pictures that were shown, I think that makes the biggest impact on the children, made an impact on us. I was brought to tears by their stories,” Mitzel said.

As the state of Ohio deals with a heroin epidemic, it was one of the drugs talked about at the YES Fest.

Drug abuse has reached epidemic level in Ohio.

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