I Have a Choice Campaign
The experts all agree: any effort to help the next generation-especially children at risk-must include mentoring. Mentoring is one of the key activities included in a comprehensive violence prevention and healthy development program approach. Mentoring can help young people change direction and do better academically and socially.
A mentor is an adult who, along with parents, provides young people with support, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example. Mentors are good listeners, people who care, and want to help young people develop existing strengths.
How do you become a mentor? Becoming a mentor requires attending one two-hour training session, completing an application and a background check. Becoming a mentor also involves committing to spending 30 minutes per week during school hours with a student for the school year and hopefully the following year. We need individuals, businesses, church organizations, and community members to become involved in the mentoring program.
Unable to attend a training? Would you like to have a training during the day or at your organization or worksite? No problem - Mentor training is available upon request. Last year training was held at churches, civic groups, mortgage companies, schools, and many other locations.
From August 2012-December 2012, 470 mentors gave approximately 2,000 hours of their support and encouragement to students. Currently, there is a waiting list for mentors at each school.
I Have a Choice Campaign
I Have a Choice is a public awareness campaign designed to educate and reduce alcohol use among youth, inspiring them to make informed decisions regarding these substances.
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The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
Even with a school's best efforts, bullying can affect the safety and wellbeing of the entire student population. In order to stop bullying, it needs to be addressed at every level of a student's experience. That's why the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a whole school program aimed at preventing or reducing bullying throughout a school setting.
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Goals
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop.
Goals of the program include:
-Reducing existing bullying problems among students
-Preventing new bullying problems
-Achieving better peer relations at school
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For information and videos about the Olweus Bullying Program, click here.
This curriculum is based on scientific evidence and shown to impact risk and protective factors associated with substance abuse. The curriculum is used in every middle school and taught by the Health teachers. Topics include goal setting, decision making, managing emotions and communicating effectively.
Last Modified on March 15, 2013