Diocesan School Leadership Part Of Adolescent Addiction Discussion

March 21, 2017

Diocese of Allentown Catholic Schools are part of a task force exploring solutions that schools can provide to the epidemic of addiction on the rise in our communities.  As part of this effort, people are invited to come and view “Generation Found,” a documentary on adolescent addiction and its program model for supporting sober solutions; especially important with the current epidemic society is facing. This showing will be held at ArtsQuest Theater in Bethlehem on Monday, March 27 at 7 PM.  Tickets are available at http://gathr.us/screening/reserve/19493 until 4 PM on the day of show, when they'll be available in person at the ArtsQuest Center box office.

The film “Generation Found” is an independent, intimate look at the system of treatment centers, sober high school, alternative peer groups, and collegiate recovery programs that can intervene early and provide a real and tested long-term alternative to the increased prevalence of drug use in adolescence.  It is a call to communities to join together in an effort to fight the alarming epidemic of addiction.  Matt Butler, a nationally distributed recording artist and composer of ‘Just One’, the film’s credit song, will be performing before the movie. Butler is an artist in recovery and is passionate about how his creative life has blossomed in his sobriety.

The film premiere and the panel discussion are the beginning of an effort by Diocese of Allentown Schools to raise awareness about adolescent addiction and to continue to provide ongoing opportunities for teachers, students and families to learn more.

Dr. Brooke C. Tesche, Deputy Superintendent of Diocesan Schools, will be on a five-person panel discussion after the movie along with the Principal of Salisbury High School, the Superintendent of the Northwestern Lehigh School District and other community and parent advocates. 

The Diocese of Allentown serves nearly 12,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 6 high schools, and 3 special learning centers across Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Carbon, and Schuylkill counties.  

Contact: Matt Kerr
               610-871-5200, Extension 265