Prevention efforts led by CHCC's Project Alliance
Preventing substance misuse is a community effort, and it starts with our kids. Yet, teaching children about the dangers of substance misuse is just one piece of the puzzle. Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition (CHCC)'s Project Alliance can equip parents, teachers, and community leaders in the Northern York County, Maine area (Saco, Arundel, Biddeford, Buxton, Dayton, Hollis, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Old Orchard Beach) to recognize the signs of substance misuse and intervene before it can cause lasting harm.
Our substance misuse prevention efforts include:
Running the Prime for Life and PhotoVoice programs.
Presenting information about the dangers of drugs and alcohol to students.
Provide parents with the tools to recognize warning signs, tips to effectively talk to their kids about substance misuse, and resources for help if they have a problem.
Providing resources about preventing substances misuse to anyone searching for information.
Reach out today to learn more about our substance misuse prevention efforts or to host a program.
PRIME FOR LIFE
Prime for Life is an evidence-based prevention and intervention program. The program helps people learn to reduce their risks of alcohol and drug-related problems throughout their lifetime. It is designed to change drinking and drug use behaviors by changing beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations, and the knowledge of how to reduce the risk of alcohol and drug-related problems.
This 4-6 hour interactive curriculum pays careful attention to words and experiences that promote inclusion, openness, and lack of judgment. CHCC has one certified Prime for Life trainer on staff. We offer Prime for Life in non-school or after-school settings for a universal audience: those without any known increased risk factors.
For more information, contact Tricia Cote at email@example.com or (207) 602-3551.
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is a new youth chapter. This chapter focuses on areas of mental health, volunteerism, substance use, distracted driving, and leadership. We offer scholarship opportunities, contests, travel, and great leadership experience for youth in the area. If you want to become a leader in your school and in York County, come and join us!
SADD is run on what the youth want to do. The youth decide the goals, objectives, and activities; they get to run the club the way they see fit!
Join our mailing list to hear about our upcoming meetings where there will be snacks and prizes for youth who show up to learn more.
PhotoVoice promotes the use of photography for positive social change while capturing the conditions in the community through the eyes of our youth. CHCC works with youth in various after-school and alternative settings on creative photography projects with the aim of building resiliency, skills, and positive adult connection for youth in our community.
Participants are asked to take pictures that they feel highlight things that are positive about their community and issues they feel need to be addressed. Students then tell a story about their pictures, detailing what is happening, how the pictures relate to the participants' lives, and how the images can be used to educate people in the community.
Conversations are recorded and transcribed to create the captions under the photographs. Photographs are then displayed at a gallery showing event. Insights that come out of these projects are also used to inform future substance use prevention programming and youth engagement projects at CHCC.
For more information, please contact Tricia Cote at Tcote3@une.edu or (207) 602-3551.
Project Alliance is a substance misuse prevention coalition that focuses on increasing the level of community involvement to improve prevention programming, address youth alcohol and marijuana misuse, and in more recent years, promote safe storage and disposal of prescription medications.
To learn more about the great programs they offer in our community and how you or your organization can be involved, please contact Morgan Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 602-3555.