Pulaski County Youth Services (PCYS) is currently taking applications for enrollment in its Leads & Seeds youth program.

The Lead & Seed youth leadership and substance abuse awareness program is a youth empowered, environmental approach to drug prevention. The mission of Lead & Seed is to reduce and prevent underage alcohol consumption, teen tobacco use, and illicit drug use at the individual and community level by empowering youth and adults with the knowledge and strategies they need to build human, technical, and financial capacities, build leadership skills, and use print, broadcast, and electronic media effectively.

Participants work towards this goal by gaining knowledge and experience in youth leadership, environmental skills, empowerment, decision making, connectivity to youth and adults, advocacy, strategic planning and additional areas.

Applicants are currently being accepted for Pulaski County middle school and high school students. The team will meet at least one time per month and periodically go into local schools with an identified substance abuse issue to make presentations and facilitate information and discussion sessions.

Additionally, Lead & Seed is looking for adults who would be willing to serve on an advisory council. Duties will include attending council meetings and assistance with event planning and hosting when possible.

Anyone wanting more information about this community-changing program and the advisory council, please contact Melissa Pettus at 340-8250 or email mpettus@co.pulaski.ar.us.