Our Vision <> Our Mission

Our Vision

To educate our youth on the dangers and health implications of alcohol, tobacco, and drug exposure and use.

We actively advocate for a community that:

  • Prevents access to alcohol, drugs, and tobacco products by youth.
  • Promotes abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in youth.
  • Supports and promotes effective tobacco, alcohol and drug cessation and counseling programs for all individuals.
  • Protects the health and safety of our children, youth, and adults.

Our Mission

To strengthen a generation of youth in Pickens County who are armed with the knowledge, motivation, and support to combat the temptations of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.



Our board is made up of several members of the community who recognized that our community had a need for education regarding drug and alcohol abuse.

Meet the Board

Sector Chairs

Maddy Butler


Stephanie Finley


Cheri Anthony

Pickens Recreation Department

Summit Media


Lori Gwinn

School District of Pickens County

Ryan Smith

Youth Serving Organization

Captain Chad Brooks

Law Enforcement
Pickens County Sheriff’s Department

Ooloney River Association

Religious or Fraternal Organization

Shoals Creek Baptist Church

Religious or Fraternal Organization

Reverend Charles F. Hendricks

Religious or Fraternal Organization

Dale Ramey

Civic or Volunteer
Rotary Club

Cheryl Aguero, RN

Healthcare Professional
AnMed Health Cannon

Dedrick Henderson

State, Local, or Tribal Governmental Agency with Expertise in the Field of Substance Abuse

Fiona Newell

Other Organization Involved in Reducing Substance Abuse
Pickens County Youth Board



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Special Event: Lessons of Redemption

The Steppin’ It Up Coalition of Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County brought Kevin Shird to speak to local children Friday March 31 and April 1, 2017 about bad decisions and second chances. The “Lessons of Redemption” event was held at the Liberty Civic Auditorium on Friday, and the “Choices” event was held at Gettys Middle School on Saturday. Mr. Shird is an international speaker and author who provides informative talks on his life and the key word of ‘redemption.’ Youth who attended the events received a free copy of Kevin’s book “Lessons of Redemption.” To learn more about Kevin, visit his Facebook page.

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Walk Like MADD Event

Please find attached the information about the Walk Like MADD SC Event. The Phoenix Center Prevention Department is helping to coordinate this event, so if anyone has any questions they can reach out …

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