More than 200 people showed up to “The F—ing Sober Party” thrown by the 17-year-old Wando High School student.
One high schooler is rejecting the notion that teenagers like him need drugs and alcohol to have a good time.
Dean Geraci, a 17-year-old student at Wando High School, invited hundreds of his peers from six high schools to his home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, for a sober house party—or as he called it: TFSP (The Fucking Sober Party). His family did not expect such a high turnout. More than 200 people showed up, WCSC reported.
The Power Of Social Media
Geraci organized the event on social media. “We were talking about how a lot of teenagers are pressured into thinking they can only host a party if there’s alcohol, drugs,” he told WYFF. “I’m just trying to hope to inspire more people to think, hey, I don’t have to be pressured into having a certain substance at my party in order for kids to come to my house and have fun.”
“I think it’s great,” said his mom Angela Geraci. “It’s a great way for him to communicate and get his message across and people can respond to him.”
Footage of the sober house party can be found on Geraci’s Instagram stories. They show the family’s home buzzing with young people, inside and out. There’s great ambience. And good vibes all around.
Words Of Encouragement
Geraci is a young activist who, judging by his social media presence, is creative and enterprising. Through his original videos, he addresses mental health and substance abuse among his peers. Amid rising depression and anxiety in his age group, Dean lets them know there is another way. He even encourages his audience to reach out to him if they need to talk.
“Money, grades, your weight, how many likes you get, how many friends you have… we do have to realize these are all just NUMBERS,” he says in one post. “Stay happy and don’t let those numbers get into your head.”
“Not every single day is going to be easy,” he continues. “But how are you suppose to know what a ‘good day’ is, without going through some bad ones?”
Teens in the Mount Pleasant area will be happy to know that Dean has been hinting at a second TFSP in August.