Please contact Jeannie Nix at 251-445-2933 if you have any questions.
Community of Concern
2019 Teen Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, February 2nd, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Junior League of Mobile Headquarters
57 N Sage Avenue, Mobile
"Stop the Smoke" is our theme with a specific focus on sharing information about the dangers of Marijuana and Juuling/vaping.
Youth will have the chance to get the real story about the serious consequences of marijuana, nicotine, and vaping, as well as ask questions of a panel of experts. Only youth will have the opportunity to speak during the meeting
. Attached is a flyer with more details about the Teen Town Hall Meeting
All middle and high school students are invited to attend and/or speak; no registration to attend, no fee and free parking. Two service hours will be given for attending and three service hours for ones who speak. You will be able to register to speak the day of the meeting and youth will speak in the order in which they register. Please find attached a preregister to speak form.
In preparation for Spring Break, our Community of Concern student members have developed a program called Conversations that Count to present to our Freshmen. During Theology classes, our CoC members presented a lesson meant to inform the Freshmen about the physical and legal consequences of underage drug and alcohol use. They then broke into small discussion groups led by the CoC members and discussed how to handle specific situations in which the students may find themselves. The goal of the lesson and activity was to help prepare our underclassmen to make smart decisions when faced with difficult situations.
Parent Power Cast
The Drug Education Council is happy to share their first ever podcast called Parent Power Cast. Parent Power Cast is an effective learning tool for parents as they are faced with challenging situations. Our Parent Power Cast will share real stories from our Community leaders, featuring Judge Edmond Naman, Juvenile Judge at Strickland Youth Center in the first episode.
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
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