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Mark Wahlberg and young friends  

 James Wahlberg

Parents and teens, please join James Wahlberg, Executive Director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and brother of actor Mark Wahlberg, will host a screening of the film If Only, at Lake Norman High School on Wednesday, March 20. The film follows Isacc Diaz (played by Jeffrey Wahlberg, Jim Wahlberg’s son) a high school student who falls into opiate addiction.

This dramatic film will help parens and teens start a dialogue about opioid abuse, which affects hundreds of thousands of youth and adults across the country.

The screening will be followed by a question and answer session, and local agencies will be on site to provide information about substance use and treatment.

The mission of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation is to assist youth to ensure that no child is limited or prevented from attaining their lifetime goal or dream due to financial circumstances. It was established in 2001 by Mark and Jim for the purpose of raising and distributing funds to youth service and enrichment programs.

The Wahlberg brothers are lifelong members of and advocates for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Mark came from a family of nine children and spent most of his afternoons and evenings at his local club. He credits a large part of his success to the fact that he was fortunate enough to spend his free time in the positive and nurturing environment of the Boys and Girls Club.

Learn more about the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation:

https://www.markwahlbergyouthfoundation.org/mission

Read about the film: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_28219920/wahlberg-brother-produces-film-opiate-addiction