Drug Free Youth In Texas


Board of Directors Funding-Donations Local Statistics Merchant Sponsors Parent Information Red Ribbon Run Teens In Charge Events



Teens In Charge

Mission Statement: To impact attitudes, beliefs and behavior that lead to the reduction of substance abuse and violence.

Teens in Charge is a group of youth who have opportunities to attend leadership camps and training through out the year. Teens In Charge meet once a month as a city wide group, but hold additional meeting to accomplish the community events each group has been assigned.

Planning for community events like the lock-in at Mr. Gatti's and Hollywood theatre takes responsible youth who are willing to work to make a difference in Midland County.

Spring 2007: TBA

If you are interested in more information about Teens in Charge, please contact Paula Cannon at 432-689-1594.

Teens in Charge in Training

TiCiT is a group of junior high DFYIT members interested in  community involvement.  These teens went to tobacco camp and produced a Smoke-Free Restaurant Guide. 


Key Benefits

bulletDevelop Leadership Skills
bulletHave a positive effect on friends
bulletMaking good life choices, staying out of trouble with the law.


Activity and Events Teens In Charge coordinate

bulletFriendship marker during Red Ribbon Week
bulletCoordination of two Junior High lock-ins
bulletAttending a R.O.P.E.S. course
bulletOpportunities to work with local TABC and Police department on Sting operations
bulletMr. Would ya'? shoulder tap surveys
bulletLeadership camp / community planning


Mr. Gatti's Junior High Lock-In November 17, 2006

Teens in Charge members organized a lock-in at Mr. Gatti's to show the younger teens how much fun you can have with a group of drug and alcohol free teens.  It was a toss up as to who had the most fun.  From 10:30 to 1:00, teens devoured pizza, pasta, salad, and cokes.  They played games, watched movies, bumped themselves silly in the cars, and even rode the merry-go-round.  It was a great night, thanks to TiC, board members and staff. 


Red Ribbon Week

Teens in Charge members and high school students from Odessa joined law enforcement, school district officials, and local government leaders at the Friendship Marker, locate midway between our two cities.   The Friendship Marker exchange is just one of the activities Teens in Charge participated in during Red Ribbon Week.  National Red Ribbon Week honors those men and women who work to keep illegal drugs out of our country.  It is a time for all of us to reconfirm our commitment to helping the youth of our community stay drug free.


Teens In Charge present a proposal for spring community event to Leadership Midland on September 14, 2006.


MADD Camp in San Angelo July 2006

'Teens in Charge' members attended the MADD/TABC Leadership Camp in July to plan the community service project they will be working on during the '06-'07 school year.


R.O.P.E.S. Course in Merkle Texas August 2005

Teens in Charge went to a R.O.P.E.S. course in August 2005. Their individual limits were tested as well as their leadership and team building skills.

The group that attended the R.O.P.E.S. course in August.


The R.O.P.E.S. course was mostly high elements.


Flying High on Life!!

July 2005 - D-FY-IT Leadership Camp

D-FY-IT begins each year with a group of students who go to a Leadership Camp. This camp helps train them to be leaders in the community and for D-FY-IT - Teens In Charge.The D-FY-IT camp shirts were designed by one of the Teens in Charge! Way to go, Andy!!!

Youth Leadership Camp 2005: The Teens in Charge group had a lot of fun during the dance!

Everyone who went to camp...Came away a CHAMP!


In the auditorium at camp before the speaker began


The river was too much fun




School Year 2004-2005

The Teens in Charge work the two Junior High Lock-in's each year. It strengthens the message for younger kids to look at good positive role models. This lock-in was held at Mr. Gatti's in November 2004






KWES - TV helped the Teens in Charge produce a Public Service Announcement (PSA) in December 2004. This PSA ran on all four television stations: KWES, KMID, KOSA, and FoxNews. It was a great way to get the message out that kids don't need to use alcohol or drugs to have fun! Thanks KWES!!!






Teens in Charge help coordinate and manage the Junior High Lock-in's - This one is at Hollywood Theatre.







Teens in Charge at a Midland Police Department Roll Call. The Teens in Charge work with the Police Department on different activities through out the year. The Roll Call presentation was to show appreciation for the work they do to help keep Midland's youth away form drugs and alcohol.







The Teens In Charge designed this Self Expression wall that the City of Midland graciously let D-FY-IT use. We are hopeful to add more self-expressions this year.


Expression wall is located at the corner of Texas street and Front street





Sarah and Larry presenting D-FY-IT information to MISD school board May 2005

Send mail to cassie@dfyitmidland.org with questions or comments about this web site.
Last modified: 03/09/07