by Phil Prazan
Keeping his peers on the right path, away from drugs and alcohol, has become a mission for one central Iowa highschooler.
Dan Rozga's brother, David, committed suicide, while high on synthetic marijuana, K-2.
Dealing with the death forced Dan, an Indianola High School senior, to realize how impactful one person's life can be in the world.
A message that every life matters and what exactly you do with that life can influence other people; that's what's behind "The Change Movement", or TCM for short.
Dan Rozga spoke at a Johnston FCA meeting Wednesday night, pitching TCM's new event this Friday.
Former ISU basketball player Jake Sullivan is the keynote speaker.
The goal is to shift teenagers away from drugs, alcohol and the party atmosphere and encourage them to emphasize compassion and respect.
Dan Rozga will also speak at the event about how his Christian beliefs helped him through the hard times, and how they continue to help him be a role model for peers.
"We don't feel that somebody has to be at a certain level in their life to be able to come. We also don't have expectations for when they leave. It's very welcoming," says Rozga.
The event is this Friday from 7 to 9 PM at Valley High School.