Council Rock presents two programs addressing substance abuse: A Better High and Straight Talk for Parents

During the week of April 21st, Council Rock is presenting two programs addressing the issue of teens and substance abuse.  

On Monday April 21 at 7 pm at Council Rock High School South in Holland, nationally renowned speaker and comedian Matt Bellace will present “A Better High: Supporting Teens in Making Healthy Choices”. Author of the book, A Better High: Laugh, Help, Run, Love… and Other Great ways to Get Naturally High!, Dr. Bellace uses humor and inspirational stories to teach how to communicate with teens without arguing while sharing examples of how to teach responsibility and healthy coping skills.

On Wednesday April 23 at 7 pm at Richboro Middle School in Richboro, Greg Schick of Drug Free PA will present “Straight Talk for Parents” – an engaging discussion with parents about on the prevalence of substance abuse in our schools and how to recognize signs of use and abuse. A US Army Veteran and currently in law enforcement, Mr. Schick is a member of the Drug Free Pennsylvania coalition, travelling throughout the state and providing parents with practical tools to open a conversation with their children about the dangers of drug use.

Parents and community members are encouraged to attend one or both events to learn more about substance abuse issues – from identifying warning signs in your teen to practical ways to help them grow up substance-free. Both programs are open to all community members and are free of charge.  Interested attendees are encouraged to RSVP to CRCHY@crsd.org so that event planners can prepare for refreshments and handouts.

The April 21st program is presented by Council Rock High School South’s SADD students.  The April 23rd program is the final event of the “Raising Great Kids,” Speaker Series presented by the Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth and the Council Rock Education Foundation and sponsored by Customers Bank.  For more information on these programs, visit www.creducationfoundation.org or email office@creducationfoundation.org.

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Bucks County 4-H

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, science, citizenship and life skills, enabling kids to have fun, meet new people, learn new skills, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, and set and achieve goals. It’s where kids learn by doing cool things!

If you’ve heard that 4-H is only for farm families, think again. However, they do farm and animal science programs also! 4-H reaches youngsters in suburbs, and rural areas; in fact, 4-H is the largest youth organization in the world. Anyone ages eight to 18 may participate in the 4-H Youth Development Programs in Bucks County. Activities include club meetings, project round-ups, tours, trips, community service, special interest programs, overnight and day camps, club officers and leadership training.

There are over 30 traditional 4-H clubs in Bucks County that do a multitude of projects such as sewing and textiles, knitting, woodworking, rocketry, electricity, foods, plants, computers, wildlife, natural resources, photography, crafts, health, fitness, gardening, dog training, camping, citizenship and leadership development. Their animal science club programs include horses, sheep, pigs, goats, dairy cows, poultry, beef cattle, alpacas, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Short-term 4-H classes include pet care, public speaking, veterinary science and shooting sports for archery, rifle and shotgun.

All completed club and short-term projects may be exhibited each summer during the 4-H Round-Up at the Middletown Grange Fair in Bucks County. After school 4-H Clubs offer educational materials and training for after school staff at sites in Bucks County.

Need something fun to do over the summer? 4-H day camps are offered at different county locations with a wide variety of fun and exciting programs.

For more information about participating in or volunteering with Bucks County 4-H programs, call Penn State Extension 215-345-3283 or visit their website at http://bucks.extension.psu.edu.

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NHS Cares

NHS Cares, a nonprofit based in the New Hope-Solebury community, began in March, 2008, as a group of parents, youth, teachers, administrators, clergy, law enforcement, and community members who were concerned that students were experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Based upon these observations, it was determined that a strong and unified community response was necessary. Some six years later, the organization is still focused on reducing substance use and abuse amongst the community’s youth.

NHS Cares is gaining momentum and has received a federal grant to help sustain this work, at least for the next two years. The official title is the Drug Free Communities Support Program Mentoring Grant (DFC), and the grant operates under the following premise: local problems demand local solutions. The federal government looks to local organizations, such as NHS Cares, to determine the unique local problems and the solutions that go along with them. The goals are twofold: to establish and strengthen community coalitions and to reduce substance abuse, particularly amongst local youth.

NHS Cares will be mentored in this process by Safe Communities Coalition, based in Hunterdon County, NJ. Not only are they similar in demographics, they have also been involved in the DFC program for many years and have received national recognition for their significant outcomes, particularly in reducing underage drinking.

The approach will be multi-pronged: community education, community collaboration, and environmental change. The coalition will work to increase protective factors in our young people and strive to reduce risk factors. According to evaluation results, rates of substance abuse have declined significantly in DFC communities.

All DFC community coalitions have one thing in common: the involvement of just about everyone in the community, as it truly does “take a village.” NHS Cares asks that you join them as they embark on this next chapter of their prevention efforts. Coalition meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month in the high school library. 

For more information, contact Alex Bove, NHS Cares Board President, above@nhscares.org; or Barbara Gross, NHS Cares Project Director, bgross@nhscares.org.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County (BBBSBC) is a donor supported non-profit mentoring organization with over 50 years of service to youth. Located in Jamison, its mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. Their vision is that all children achieve success in life. BBBSBC accomplishes this by partnering with parents / guardians, volunteers and others in the community.

Referred by schools, Children & Youth, Juvenile Court and family members, children in BBBSBC programs range in age from six to 17. “Bigs” provide support and guidance through one-on-one relationships that so many children desire. By talking, listening and engaging in productive, fun activities, these adult mentors can ultimately help a child achieve their highest potential as they become adults. 

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Boy Scouts of America

Boys today have a wide variety of options for spending their time. Bucks County Council’s Unit, District and Council level volunteers are committed to delivering your child a high-quality, safe and fun-filled program that challenges your youth, both intellectually and physically.



Scouts today learn lessons about life and the value of being a person of character and integrity. When you stop and think about it, Scouting is unlike any other youth program. Scouting fosters the development of the whole person and offers youth the opportunity to participate in activities that will help launch them on a successful course for life.

At the end of 2012, Bucks County served 5,244 youth members in their programs. These youth are gaining the leadership skills necessary to lead with confidence. Of that number, 155 young men earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement for a youth member in Scouting.

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NHS Cares

NHS Cares, a nonprofit based in the New Hope-Solebury community, began in March, 2008, as a group of parents, youth, teachers, administrators, clergy, law enforcement, and community members who were concerned that students were experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Based upon these observations, it was determined that a strong and unified community response was necessary. Some six years later, the organization is still focused on reducing substance use and abuse amongst the community’s youth.

NHS Cares is gaining momentum and has received a federal grant to help sustain this work, at least for the next two years. The official title is the Drug Free Communities Support Program Mentoring Grant (DFC), and the grant operates under the following premise: local problems demand local solutions. The federal government looks to local organizations, such as NHS Cares, to determine the unique local problems and the solutions that go along with them. The goals are twofold: to establish and strengthen community coalitions and to reduce substance abuse, particularly amongst local youth.

NHS Cares will be mentored in this process by Safe Communities Coalition, based in Hunterdon County, NJ. Not only are they similar in demographics, they have also been involved in the DFC program for many years and have received national recognition for their significant outcomes, particularly in reducing underage drinking.

The approach will be multi-pronged: community education, community collaboration, and environmental change. The coalition will work to increase protective factors in our young people and strive to reduce risk factors. According to evaluation results, rates of substance abuse have declined significantly in DFC communities.

All DFC community coalitions have one thing in common: the involvement of just about everyone in the community, as it truly does “take a village.” NHS Cares asks that you join them as they embark on this next chapter of their prevention efforts. Coalition meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month in the high school library. 

For more information, contact Alex Bove, NHS Cares Board President, above@nhscares.org; or Barbara Gross, NHS Cares Project Director, bgross@nhscares.org.

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Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth looking forward to 2014

The Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth (CRCHY) is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to mobilize and engage all sectors of the community to work together to reduce risk behaviors of youth, helping them to reach their full potential in a healthy environment. The group focuses on reducing drug and alcohol use by promoting positive youth development.

The Coalition announced that in late 2013 a new partnership was formed with the Council Rock Educational Foundation (CREF).  The speaker series, Raising Great Kids, provides an opportunity for parents to learn from experts about the issues facing their youth and community. The series debuted in October, and two programs are scheduled for this coming year: Bullying: What you Need to Know, February 26th, 7:00pm at Council Rock High School North, and Straight Talk for Parents, April 23rd, 7:00pm, at Richboro Middle School.

Additional parent programs are offered year-round through the organization’s Council Rock Parenting Academy. Upcoming programs include: Guiding Good Choices, Parent to Parent, Staying Connected with Your Teen, and for early elementary school parents, Second Step.

CRCHY works throughout the school year with student clubs, such as SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), in the middle and high schools. Activities include Project Sticker Shock, National Drug Facts Week and Alcohol Awareness Month contests, and prom-related programs. Each year in February, students participate in a national conference which focuses on leadership skills and provides current information that teens can use in their schools with their peers to help reduce substance abuse.

One project this past year is worthy of special notice. Council Rock High School North students, under the direction of Mr. Ben Battiste, created a video which encourages parents to talk to their children about drug and alcohol use. This video features local students and is a follow-up to a SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) initiative entitled “Talk, They Hear You.” To view the students’ PSA, visit YouTube and type in “Talk. We Hear You.”

For more information, visit the CRCHY website at www.crchy.com. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at Northampton Library.

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At LBCCC local youth can learn, participate, develop and discover!

The Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce has great opportunities for high school youth to learn life lessons from local business leaders and entrepreneurs, participate in local internships, develop professional skill sets through hands-on activities, or discover their leadership potential in a five-day, interactive, one-of-a-kind summer camp!

The 2014 season offers the following outstanding opportunities for local youth in grades 9-12:

Mentoring – Life Lessons: Normally held in March and April

Business leaders and entrepreneurs visit the classrooms to introduce students to their business or chosen industry, focusing is on skill sets they had to develop to be successful, learning from failures, obstacles and reinventing yourself. 

ECONference (Business Expo): Thursday, May 8th

Students meet mentors, are provided business cards, learn how to introduce themselves and exchange information in a professional environment to over 100 exhibitor company owners and executives allowing face-to-face networking experiences.

LBCCC Summer Youth Leadership Program and Camp: Two one-week programs; Session 1-June 23rd to June 27th; Session 2-July 7th to July 11th. (Cost $125 per student, limited scholarships available).

Teens experience a variety of individual, group and community activities, providing an opportunity for personal discovery. Learning professional skill sets through discovery, networking and teamwork, they explore various leadership styles focusing on leadership abilities, team building, and personal growth, making community connections and networking opportunities. A graduation ceremony wraps up the week.

Summer Internship Program with LBCCC: Begins end of June into first week in August

Program allows High School students work experience while learning necessary soft skills, communication skills and the opportunity to explore multiple fields of business and industry. Students interview for positions in order to be considered for placement. Employers provide feedback evaluations highlighting strengths and weaknesses observed.  Students learn to capture their program experiences by developing a resume. 

Contact the Chamber for details and registration.  Programs fill up quickly and the number of students accepted in each program is limited.  Some programs may have specific guidelines for participation so call for details at 215-943-7400.

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Tabor Children’s Services, Inc.

Every day, Tabor provides services to more than 600 children and families from its office in Doylestown and Philadelphia. Tabor works with individuals who have come to the attention of the Bucks County Children and Youth social service agency, offering counseling, safety and support, foster care and adoption services. Tabor, a true family of services, is one of the few agencies with dedicated programs for both children who have endured abuse and neglect and young adults who are “aging out” of the foster care system. The empowerment of individuals and families is emphasized in all services to ensure children remain in their homes and communities safely.

Tabor, formerly the Tabor Home for Destitute and Needy Children, celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2013 with a renewed mission of keeping children safe, strengthening families and promoting independence. The specific program areas include Adoption and Foster Care, Intellectual Disabilities, Aging Out Independence (AOI), Family Preservation, Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS), In-Home Protective Services (IHPS), Adolescent Initiative Program (AIP), Supervised Independent Living (SIL), and Parenting. All services meet or exceed standards set by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Families.

The children seen each weekday on Tabor’s Doylestown campus are a division of the Tabor organization, Tabor Children’s House. This childcare center serves children whose families live or work in Central Bucks County and desire quality, age-appropriate care during the working day. The center also serves children with special needs and those whose families receive subsidized day care.

For more information, call Amanda Pchelka at 215-842-4800 ext. 408. The Communications office welcomes inquiries from companies, organizations and community members interested in partnering with us to help at-risk children.

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At LBCCC local youth can learn, participate, develop and discover!

The Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce has great opportunities for high school youth to learn life lessons from local business leaders and entrepreneurs, participate in local internships, develop professional skill sets through hands-on activities, or discover their leadership potential in a five-day, interactive, one-of-a-kind summer camp!

The 2014 season offers the following outstanding opportunities for local youth in grades 9-12:

Mentoring – Life Lessons: Normally held in March and April

Business leaders and entrepreneurs visit the classrooms to introduce students to their business or chosen industry, focusing is on skill sets they had to develop to be successful, learning from failures, obstacles and reinventing yourself. 

ECONference (Business Expo): Thursday, May 8th

Students meet mentors, are provided business cards, learn how to introduce themselves and exchange information in a professional environment to over 100 exhibitor company owners and executives allowing face-to-face networking experiences.

LBCCC Summer Youth Leadership Program and Camp: Two one-week programs; Session 1-June 23rd to June 27th; Session 2-July 7th to July 11th. (Cost $125 per student, limited scholarships available).

Teens experience a variety of individual, group and community activities, providing an opportunity for personal discovery. Learning professional skill sets through discovery, networking and teamwork, they explore various leadership styles focusing on leadership abilities, team building, and personal growth, making community connections and networking opportunities. A graduation ceremony wraps up the week.

Summer Internship Program with LBCCC: Begins end of June into first week in August

Program allows High School students work experience while learning necessary soft skills, communication skills and the opportunity to explore multiple fields of business and industry. Students interview for positions in order to be considered for placement. Employers provide feedback evaluations highlighting strengths and weaknesses observed.  Students learn to capture their program experiences by developing a resume. 

Contact the Chamber for details and registration.  Programs fill up quickly and the number of students accepted in each program is limited.  Some programs may have specific guidelines for participation so call for details at 215-943-7400.

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