JULIAN — More than 30 high school students from across Imperial County are spending two days at a camp near here to learn more about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and develop leadership skills to impart that knowledge to other students.
This "training of trainers," hosted by the Imperial County Office of Education's student well-being and family resources division offers students many things, said Shelley Ziegler, prevention specialist at ICOE.
The training's overnight stay at Julian's Camp Stevens puts students in a unique location far from a classroom in the desert.
"It's a chance to get away and meet other people from across the county," Ziegler said.
"They form strong bonds across different communities," she said.
As the students go through exercises to learn about topics such as chemical dependency, they also learn about themselves, said ICOE Program Specialist George Miranda.