Domestic and teen dating violence are top concerns for area youth, according to surveys held in local schools. In response, the Luna County DWI Program is hosting, "Down in Deming," a Luna County youth expo to help raise awareness for a variety of issues while having fun.

The day-long event will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 20 at Deming High School with a free breakfast for 12- to 17-year-old locals. Following breakfast, the youth will break into groups to attend presentations on domestic/teen dating violence, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying and pharmaceutical drug abuse.

"Luna County wanted to directly address the concerns of local youth," Teresa Ortberg, DWI Program Preventionist, said. "We hope 'Down in Deming' will provide a fun, informative atmosphere for youth to get the information they have asked for."

The expo began with staff from the DWI Program polling local students on their main concerns. The results came back with domestic/teen dating violence as the highest priority for their concerns. Second was drug and alcohol abuse, with bullying and drug trafficking/sales following. DWI Program staff saw the results and felt the expo would provide a good opportunity to combine a fun environment with education local youth want to receive.


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Jayne Ash, director of the Healing House, will present information on domestic and teen dating violence. Jim Helgert, of the Recovery Management Center, which has a new office in Deming, will lead the presentation on drug and alcohol abuse. For bullying education, Waldo Winborn, of Winborn Wellness Center, will lend his energetic personality to the students. Matt Robinson will be presenting on prescription drug use and abuse.

Prizes and food will be offered during the presentations before the presentations conclude and a dance for the student begins with music provided by disc jockey Cesar Moreno. The dance is scheduled to end at 7 p.m.

Six agencies have signed up so far for vendor booths in the entrance of DHS. There is still space available for other agencies to set up a booth at no charge. To reserve a space, contact the Luna County DWI Office at 575-544-7377.

The event is being made possible by support from Deming Public Schools, Border Area Mental Health Services/Juvenile Community Corrections, Juvenile Probation Office, Peppers Supermarket, Tinley Tee, Juvenile Drug Court of Deming, City of Deming, Taco Bell, La Fonda Restaurant, JCCS, McDonald's and Deming Coca-Cola.