Paige Maxwell, a senior at Lee’s Summit High School, was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Youth Prevention Award by ACT Missouri. The award honors young people who have made a commitment and significant contribution to prevent underage drinking and substance use in their communities. Award winners were presented the prestigious award along with a Senate resolution.
“Paige exemplifies the dedication, resourcefulness, and tenacity it takes for youth to make a difference in their communities,” said Alicia Ozenberger, deputy director. “ACT Missouri is thrilled to recognize Paige for her hard work over the past year.”
She was nominated by Lee’s Summit CARES, whose programs focus on youth substance use prevention, bullying and suicide prevention, parenting education and character development for youth and families of the Greater Lee’s Summit area.
Paige is a four-year member of Lee’s Summit CARES city-wide Youth Advisory Board (YAB) and a four-year member of her school-based ATOD prevention group, Tiger SMART. Through her work on the Youth Advisory Board, Paige has proven to be an excellent resource in the group’s efforts to advocate for healthy, drug-free lifestyles. When engaging her peers through the annual Celebrate Sober social media campaign, Paige’s coalition can count on her to have her finger on the pulse of the student body to guide the creation and implementation of the campaign. Paige is comfortable and competent in speaking publicly to community leaders. As a Youth Advisory Board member, she has spoken at our community marijuana forum and represents YAB at numerous community events to promote their drug-free message.
Coalition leaders throughout the state nominated youth for the award with an essay highlighting their community service and extracurricular activities. The awards were presented on March 8 as part of the 13th annual Speak Hard Youth Conference in Jefferson City.
ACT Missouri is the statewide training and resource center for substance use prevention.