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Youth Move: A Better Way to Escape

By Staff | Oct 13, 2021

WATCH* is listening! A recurring response from WATCH community events is that we need more activities for our youth. In response WATCH joined Youth Move, a national organization designed to not only keep our kids engaged, but to give them a voice in the direction of youth programs and services. The Youth Move goal is to empower our youth by giving them the skills to thrive and the ability to be their own advocates.

Since Youth Move believes in having fun while learning, we combined this month’s lessons on the perils and realities of gambling with a visit to the Fight or Flight Escape Room. Gambling and the youth counterpart, online gaming with their in-game purchases, is often-times a very expensive form of entertainment, or as our group suggested–a temporary escape from reality that most often compounds a problem rather than solving it.

After education and discussion, this group of players were treated to an escape room experience from Flight or Fight Escapes on Main Street, New Martinsville–to prove that active entertainment is always the better escape.

Thanks to Flight or Fight Escapes owners, David and Kari Dinardo for offering our kids a fabulous opportunity to have fun while working together!

*WATCH (Wetzel Advocates Toward Community Hope) is an advocate group that meets monthly on the last Friday of each month, unless that Friday falls during a holiday week). Youth Move is a youth organization open to any youth age 14-19. If you’re interested in attending a WATCH meeting or would like to be part of Youth Move, contact Michelle Rohde, Youth Service Systems Prevention Project Coordinator at mrohde@ysswv.com or Elizabeth Seckman, Wetzel County FRN Coordinator at eseckman@wcccfwv.org. If you think you or someone you know has a problem with gaming or gambling, call 1-800-GAMBLER today for fast, free, confidential help. Or chat online at 1800Gambler.net