All high school students in Charlotte County are invited to apply to become Drug Free Charlotte County Youth Leaders. You are not required to attend a Charlotte County Public School; you may attend a private school, a charter school or even be home-schooled.
The Role of a Drug Free Youth Leader:
Alongside a team of your peers, you will create and lead out on activities, such as:
  • "Friday Night Done Right" Street Team
  • Flash Mobs
  • Street Advocacy
  • Peer Educator Training
  • Monthly FUN Youth Leader Meetings with games, ice breakers and workshops
  • Leadership Retreats
  • Team-building events, such as: Ropes Course, Retreats
  • Community Environmental Scans
  • Retailer Rewards — Compliance Checks
  • Social Norms Activities in your schools...and so many other great events and activities!

Benefits of being a Drug Free Youth Leader:
  • You will earn community service hours each school year
Participate in local and statewide conferences
  • Develop valuable leadership skills
  • Get free stuff!

To Be a Part:
  • You must be high school age.
  • Applicants should have a positive attitude, be able to lead, have good character in and  out of school, and have the ability to work well with your peers and adults
  • You are committed to staying drug and alcohol free.
  • Contact DFCC Prevention Coordinator, Jen Bernardi at:
If you are middle-school age, you’re invited to join DFCC's S.W.A.T. (Student's Working Against Tobacco) program. Currently, there is a S.W.A.T. program at both Port Charlotte Middle School and Punta Gorda Middle School, L.A. Ainger Middle School, and a Community-Based High School S.W.A.T. To be a part  of S.W.A.T., email Jimmy Sella, S.W.A.T. Coordinator or call/text him at: (941) 787-4964.