The PRIDE Troupe has been impacting young people in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana for over 15 years. The Troupe is comprised of youth from high schools across the two parishes with a common goal: educate young people about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs and encourage young people to make safe, healthy choices.
The PRIDE Troupe is a component of PRIDE. PRIDE is a community nonprofit organization that works to decrease drug use in the community. PRIDE Youth Programs is the International parent company of PRIDE teams all over the world.
Our Local PRIDE Troupe bases everything we do off of the four pillars of PRIDE:
EDUCATION Yes, we may be against drugs and alcohol, but we don't know all of the facts. This is why it is very important that we be educated about common drugs seen in our community. We often have educational videos or presentations and activities focusing on the dangers of using drugs, so we can bring the information back to our schools and communities.
SOCIAL As a PRIDE Troupe, it is important for everyone to know each other Each month our Troupe holds some sort of Social.. The Socials involve icebreakers, games, and fun.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH A major part of PRIDE is our performance. We all come together to create a 40 minute original production of song, dance, and educational skits. Each year we perform at about ten Junior and Senior High Schools around the parish as well as the Louisiana SADD Conference. The entire performance is written and created by our own Troupe members.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Another major part of PRIDE is the community service that we provide. Each month we come together to have at least one Community Service project across the parish. From collecting food at Thanksgiving, to building homes for Habitat for Humanity, we try to do our part in the community.