Community of Concern

 
Please contact Jeannie Damrich Nix, Sophomore Counselor, at 251-445-2933 if you have any questions.


Community of Concern
"CoC"


In response to feedback from parents, faculty and students who expressed a concern over underage drinking, we have re-organized our Community of Concern committee. We have parent volunteers from each grade who are committed to working with administration to help spread awareness and come up with suggestions to help protect our children. One of our initiatives is Jacket Talk - an avenue to share important information and resources and this Community of Concern page on our website. We hope you find it helpful and encourage you to talk about these topics with your children.
 
 
Believe it or not, parents are the most powerful influence in a child's life. Research has shown that parental disapproval is the number one reason teens choose to abstain from alcohol use. While many of our youth are making positive choices, the troubling fact remains that underage drinking is a serious problem within our community.
 
 
Mark Your Calendars!
 

Revelation Baptist Church and the Community of Concern will host an Evening for Parents and Teens "Make the Choice"  with Steve Fitzhugh, former NFL player and national speaker on Tuesday, January 31st, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Revelation Baptist Church, Family Life Center, 1711 Taylor Place, Mobile. 

 

Steve Fitzhugh is blessed with a contagious passion for empowering both youth and adults to make good, safe choices by learning the dangerous consequences associated with substance abuse as well as the challenging situations surrounding that risky behavior.  His personal message is one that applies to everyone and he shares a very basic truth...you can make the easy choices now and have a tough life later OR you can make the tough choices now and have an easy life later.  

 

Please contact Jeannie Nix at 251-445-2933 with any questions about this event.

 
 
 

Parents have more influence than they might realize to prevent substance use.

Although many parents may feel like their children are pulling away during adolescence, parents still play an important role in keeping their children away from drugs and alcohol. Research has shown that adolescents face a greater risk of substance use if they have friends who drink or use drugs, but according to one study,* parents can significantly cut that risk by having a healthy, open relationship with their children. Of note, says lead researcher Thomas Schofield of Iowa State University, "Parents don't even have to be 'super parents,'" but simply need to invest time into building a solid foundation of communication and respect with their children. See the full article here: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2015/12/10/parentmonitoring

 
 
 

Facts on Underage Drinking 

  • Many more young people use alcohol than tobacco or illegal drugs.
  • By age 18, more than 70% of teens have had at least one drink.
  • When young people drink, they drink a lot at one time.
  • Teens drink less often than adults. But when teens do drink, they drink more than adults. On average, young people have about 5 drinks on a single occasion. This is called binge drinking, a very dangerous way of drinking that can lead to serious problems and even death.
  • Early drinking can cause later alcohol problems.
  • Of adults who started drinking before age 15, around 40% say they have the signs of alcohol dependence. That rate is four times higher than for adults who didn't drink until they were age 21.
 

The Negative Impact of Legalizing Marijuana

The Drug Education Council invited Tom Gorman, Director of Rocky Mountain HIDTA, to speak with educators in our community about the dangers of Legalizing Marijuana. Learn the facts about the negative impact legalizing marijuana can have on our community on the Rocky Mountain HIDTA website.

 

 

Some Helpful Resources:

 
To report underage drinking/parties
 
 
To view a recap of the Underage Drinking Survey we sent out with Mrs. Haas September letter, please read the October Principal's Message under About Us
 
 
 

Upcoming

The Mobile City-County Youth Council and the Mobile Ambassadors are hosting the 7th Annual Teen Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, February 4th, from 9:30 to 10:30 am. The topics will include youth violence, bullying, and underage drinking and drug abuse.

One Community Service hour will be earned by students who attend and two Community Service hours will be earned by students who speak. Please see the attached flyer for more information. If you are interested in being a speaker, please see Mrs. Nix in the Guidance office for a registration form.