LA Community Activist Helping Smart Kids Make Smart Choices

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Howard “Happy” Eley with a classroom full of students and their teacher

Nationwide ( — Howard “Mr. Happy” Eley was born in Detroit Michigan, February 4, 1939. From the age of 17 to 23, Howard served in the United States Navy. Upon his discharge from the military, he returned to Detroit and to the devastation and carnage that alcohol and drugs plagued his community where he experienced the consequences first-hand.

Howard’s life was heading for the abyss and a journey of no return. On December 8, 1981, he called out for help and his sister guided him to Alcohol Anonymous (AA). Through AA he learned of the challenges fellow recovering individuals like himself had overcome and has maintained sobriety for 36 years. He then decided to make a difference in his community by promoting a positive compelling alternative message as it relates to BULLYING, SEXTING, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL; “Smart Kids Say No Thanks.”

Howard’s passion is for America to be a safe harbor for kids, schools, and communities.

Howard, “Mr. Happy” is a longtime community activist in South Central Los Angeles as well as a participant with First Lady Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign, DARE Program with the Los Angeles Unified School District, and SANE (Substance Abuse Narcotic Education) with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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