The Tobacco Free Network of CNY and the Drug Free Community Coalition will present a St. Patrick's Day Youth Lock-in from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 16, at the Auburn YMCA, 27 William St., Auburn.
The night will feature laser tag, glow golf, pizza, snow cones, cotton candy and a "swim-in" movie featuring "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," among other activities. The movie is being shown in coordination with the International Week of Action to raise awareness of the importance of smoke-free movies.
“According to the Surgeon General, youth exposed to smoking imagery in movies are more likely to smoke and those most exposed to on-screen smoking are twice as likely to begin smoking," Reality Check coordinator Jennifer Edick said in a news release.
Signatures will also be collected at the event, and later sent to the Motion Picture Association of America to call for the elimination of the depiction of tobacco use in movies rated for youth.
The event is free and open to Cayuga County youth in grades six through 12; participants should bring a swimsuit and towel if they wish to watch the movie in the pool. Drop-off will take place from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and youth must be signed in and out by a designated adult.
To preregister, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (315) 253-9786.
The Tobacco Free Network of CNY also offers a youth after-school program, Reality Check, one Thursday a month at Auburn Junior High School. For more information, contact Edick at (315) 343-2344 ext. 23 or email@example.com.