Youth Engagement & Leadership

Not only are young people our future, they are also capable of creating and sustaining important change in the now.  Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community (BPHC) is committed to inspiring and empowering local youth to be prevention leaders in our community.  Our youth programming is driven by the One Voice Youth Empowerment Model and the Above the Influence Campaign and is implemented through a collaborative partnership with the Burlington School District.

Above the Influence Burlington – High School Prevention Group

Living above the influence is a commitment to making positive, healthy decisions that will allow you to achieve your goals and experience the best that life has to offer, AND to supporting others to do the same. In order to live above the influence, you need to know the facts about negative influences like alcohol and other drugs and you need the tools and support to rise above them.  This is where the Above the Influence group comes in.  Above the Influence Burlington (ATI BTV) members at Burlington High School team up to support and inspire each other to live substance-free lives AND to bring about positive change in their school and broader community. ATI BTV members gain the knowledge and develop the skills to participate in a wide range of activities including:

  • community education and outreach,
  • public speaking,
  • data analysis, and
  • media advocacy

“When I joined Above the Influence substance abuse prevention group at Burlington High School I was fully supported to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is so much easier to live substance-free when the people around you are not using.”  ~ Libby Branch, former BHS Above the Influence Member

Above the Influence Burlington Meetings:
In -person meetings are currently suspended for the 2020-21 school year, but we still have a lot of activities going on! If you are a Burlington High School student and you want to get involved,  contact Reagan Murphy at 802.652.0997 or by emailing atibtv@gmail.com.  You can also connect with ATI BTV on Facebook and Instagram.


BE Above – Middle School Prevention Groups

BE Above Burlington (BTV) provides opportunities for Edmunds and Hunt Middle School students to take leadership in prevention and creating a healthier Burlington.  BE Above BTV members support and inspire one another and their peers, to live above the influence of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drugs.  Members gain knowledge about prevention topics and develop life skills that will remain long beyond middle school.  The group takes bold action to accomplish great things for their schools and their community!

BE Above Meetings: 
In-person meetings will be happening virtually for the 2020-21 school year. We have a lot of fun activities going on! If you are an Edmunds or Hunt Middle School student and want to get involved, contact Reagan Murphy at 802.652.0997 or email beabovebtv@gmail.com.

“BE Above has impacted me in such a positive way.  The skills and information I have learned has given me, and many others, a voice.  I have used that voice to help my community stay safe and healthy.”  ~ Shamura Awayle, former Hunt MS BE Above Member

“I am a part of this amazing group because it gives students the opportunity to educate ourselves, to educate others, to contribute to our city, and to really make a difference.”  ~ Ella Mason, former EMS BE Above Member

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If you live in Burlington, but do not attend any of these schools, don’t worry! There is still a place for you. Contact us directly to get involved!


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