We Are The Majority Rally

The first We Are The Majority Rally (WATM) was held in May 2012 and was born out of the inaugural Youth Council retreat for OYLPN. The original nine young people from across the state met in fall 2011 to examine data related to youth substance use rates in Ohio and develop a strategic plan for OYLPN. One of the most important pieces of information that came from the retreat was that the majority of youth were not using substances. Once they began to discuss strategies and activities to promote this positive social norm, they came up with the idea to hold a rally in downtown Columbus and to invite young people and youth-led programs from all over Ohio – and the WATM rally was born. The first WATM Rally was held at Huntington Park with music, skits and energizers, and included a march to the Ohio Statehouse where youth had lunch and participated in a prevention education workshop. Over 500 people attended the first rally, exceeding expectations but leading to an even bigger vision.

Read further from Prevention Action Alliance (USA, May 2022)

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