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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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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