Out of respect for those who we have lost to the fight of addiction Inspirations of Youth and Families decided to create a NOPE candlelight vigil service. This serves to honor and remember those who have passed as well as, teach our teens about the consequences of drug abuse.
What is NOPE?
In 2002, the Florida Office of Drug Control discovered that Palm Beach County had the fastest growing rate of drug overdose deaths in the State and requested that the community take action. Palm Beach County community leaders, and families who have lost loved ones to drug related deaths, came together to help prevent drug abuse and drug overdose deaths. The group targeted youth by providing a dramatic in-school presentation about the dangers and consequences of drug abuse.
The presentation was titled Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE). The NOPE presentation consisted of statistics and commentary on the issues of drug abuse and concluded with parents sharing their chilling, heart wrenching stories of losing their child from a drug related incident. The NOPE presentation was first delivered to Palm Beach County students during the 2002-2003 school year.
Our IYF Vigil
On October 29th, 2015 at the Trinity Church our Inspirations staff and clients decided to pay homage to those we have lost through the NOPE association in raising awareness to addiction. Our vigil stood to eliminate the prejudice behind addiction and helping to remove the shame felt by those who were once held by this disease. We had a vigil service to remember those we have lost, to give thanks for those we still have and congratulate those who are making the conscious choice to live sober.
Here is what our IYF Vigil looked like:
Our teens gave amazing performances through their lessons in Music Therapy. We had singers perform great songs such as the National Anthem, Amazing Grace and It is well. One of our newest teens even created a rap! Our candlelight vigil also had great speeches from our CEO, Dr. Hughes and Donovan Ortega. Finally we closed our vigil with a prayer from Chaplain Ed Cejka.