IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Ty Sells, the director of Youth-to-Youth International and a motivational speaker who has presented in schools all over the country, was invited to work last week with Irvington High School students.
Sells presented his messages about making healthy and responsible choices at a schoolwide assembly on Nov. 3 before running student workshops in all of the high school’s health classes on Nov. 4-5, and hosting an evening forum for parents and students on Nov. 5. In the workshops, Sells worked with students in smaller, intimate groups, where he had deeper and more personal conversations with them.
The interactions allowed the students to ask him questions and discuss various topics on marijuana and alcohol use. Sells told the students he wants to make sure they learn how to make responsible choices for themselves.
“It was a great way to introduce the discussion on marijuana because he’s not harsh and he doesn’t tell you what to do, but he tells you to think about it,” Irvington High School ninth-grader Jonas Davidowitz said about Sell’s visit. “He comes down to our level and he’s extremely friendly and funny, so we can connect to him better, which allows us to appreciate and respect what he’s saying.”
Irvington High School Principal David Cohen said Sells’ presentation and workshops tie into the high school curriculum about personal health, including substance abuse and other risky behaviors. Sells’ visit was sponsored by Irvington About Safe Kids (iASK), a coalition established through a grant awarded to the Village of Irvington and Community Advisory Board.
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