U.S. Department of Justice initiative integrates law enforcement, crime prevention and community revitalization

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) - vitalink’s Creative Director Mike Steele is volunteering his time and talents to work with middle and high-school students involved in the Huntington, WV, Youth Unite program.

Youth Unite is a joint initiative between the Cabell County substance Abuse Prevention Partnership and the City of Huntington’s Weed and Seed Initiative that brings together teens and young adults in the Huntington area who want to make a difference.

“Youth Unite is a great program,” says Mike Steele. “The local group was formed in 2009 as a way to give local youth a voice and tap into their creativity to combat issues and barriers in their community such as underage drinking, lack of employment opportunities, tobacco and drug use. The program gives these teens focus and allows them to see how they can contribute and make Huntington a better place to live.” Mike has worked with the teens to develop a logo and banner for Youth Unite, shown here.

“We appreciate Mike’s involvement with the program,” says Tim White, program coordinator for Huntington Weed & Seed. “The kids worked hard on the artwork and were blown away when they saw the final banner.” Anyone interested in volunteering with the program should contact White at whitet@cityofhuntington.com.

Weed & Seed is a strategic program that currently operates in 250 communities nationwide. It combines the efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement officials to weed out criminals and drug abusers. Public agencies and community service organizations then seed the area with services needed to revitalize the area, including prevention and treatment services and neighborhood restoration services.

vitalink (www.vitalinkweb.com) is a creative + strategic marketing think tank based in Raleigh, North Carolina, with offices in Charlotte and Huntington, West Virginia. Founded in 1996, vitalink specializes in legal marketing, associations, colleges + universities, sports marketing, business to consumer products, restaurants, government, and non-profits.