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Above the Influence supports teens in “Living Above” the Influence of friends and peers, stress, self image, relationships, drugs, alcohol, pop culture and bullying. As a proud partner of Above the Influence, we help provide the latest news, resources, and programing about teens who are able to rise above negative influence every day.


Every teen’s life is filled with pressure, some of it good, some of it bad. Our goal is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs and alcohol. We’re not telling you how to live your life, but we are giving you another perspective and the latest facts. You need to make your own smart decisions.


You might even consider this site an influence. We know how smart you are when it comes to the messages you see and hear. That’s great and you should question us, too. One way to do that is to review our sources. The numbers at the end of many of the facts are footnotes. You can click on them to find out where we got the information.


We hope that this site helps you to be more aware of the influences around you, and that you carefully consider the risks when you’re faced with tough decisions.