By: Dee McKinsey—
Too Good for Drugs (TGFD). A school-based, evidence-based prevention program. DCPC is offering the program especially geared for grade school levels three – eight. TGFD focuses on developing personal and interpersonal skills to resist peer pressures, goal setting, decision making, bonding with others, have respect for self and others, managing emotions, effective community and social interaction. The program also provides information about the negative consequences of drug use and the benefits of a non-violent, drug-free lifestyle. The program consists of 10 sessions, which are 40-50 minutes in length.
Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) High School level applies developmentally appropriate activities in an interactive, student driven format to build and reinforce essential social skills to include how to: set reachable goals; make responsible decisions; and resist negative influence.
Guiding Good Choices (GGC) is an evidence-based prevention program suited for the parents of children in grades four through eight (nine to 14 years old). It provides the knowledge and skills needed to help parents guide their children through early adolescence. It seeks to strengthen and clarify family expectations for behavior, enhance the conditions that promote bonding within the family and teach skills that allow children to resist drug use successfully. This is a five-session curriculum (two hours each) that addresses preventing substance abuse in the family, setting clear family expectations regarding drugs and alcohol, avoiding trouble, managing family conflict and strengthening family bonds. Children ae required to attend one session that teaches peer resistance skills. Sessions are interactive and can be held at churches, community centers and other site.
Wellness Initiatives for Senior Education (WISE) is a curriculum-based health education program that offers six lessons that cover a wide range of topics. The sessions aim to help those 55 or older increase their knowledge and awareness of issues related to health and the aging process. Topics include discussion of risk factors and behaviors you should avoid to stay healthy. Examine how alcohol, prescription medication and over-the counter medications affect seniors differently and how you can avoid problems. Join this fun program and celebrate this exciting state of life and the benefits that come with it. This program is suitable for the YMCA, senior citizen centers, and other agencies working with older adults.
What’s Your Side Effect? (WYSE) This is an alcohol and prescription drug awareness positive norms media camping for high school age students. It will include posters, public service announcements, highlighting how young people can achieve their dreams and goals without using alcohol or pills.
Red Ribbon Campaign. The council sponsors Red Ribbon Week in October, which includes the Red Ribbon Breakfast with a featured speaker and a PRIDE Team performance, along with other activities that week.
The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered Drug Enforcement Agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. Following this tragedy, citizens began wearing Red Ribbons in his honor. The Red Ribbon because a symbol of prevention to reduce the demand of illegal drugs. Each year, during the last week in October, more than 80 million young people and adults show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free life by wearing on displaying the Red Ribbon or wearing a Red Ribbon Bracelet. Nationally 100 people die every day of drug overdoses – that is more than gun deaths.
Spring Program Sites Offering Guiding Good Choices
- Union Missionary Baptist Church
1100 N Macedonia Ave
Thursday evenings March 30th, April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Contact Wilisha Scaife 765-285-8560 for questions and to register
- Ross Community Center
1400-1498 W 8th
Wednesday evenings May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
Contact Hayley Williams 765-282-7988 for questions and to register
Spring Program Sites Offering WISE
- YMCA of Muncie Downtown Location
500 S Mulberry St
Monday afternoons May 15th, 22nd, June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Contact Amber Penrod at 765-741-5551
- Forest Park Senior Center
2517 8th Street
Wednesday May 17th, 24th, 31st, June 7th, 14th, 21st
Contact Hayley Williams at 765-282-7988 for questions and to register