Our Teens’ World in the Year 2011. Cristi Cousins, MADD o f Virginia Nancy Hans, Prevention Council of Roanoke County.
Cristi Cousins, MADD o f Virginia
Nancy Hans, Prevention Council of Roanoke County
ROANOKE COUNTY PREVENTION COUNCILFostering the healthy development of youth and over time the community.Empowering Families.Encouraging Youth.www.preventioncouncil4youth.org
The Community Coalitions of Virginia (CCOVA) works collaboratively to prevent and reduce substance abuse and related risk factors in Virginia communities in ways that are measurable and that improve quality of life.
6th – 12th grade students (8000+)
Anonymous, self-administered, computer-scan answer sheet
Trend data: Conducted biennially during the spring, since 2002
2 years of parent Online survey data
Analysis by Roanoke County Prevention Council Data Committee, Virginia Tech, Radford researchers
Maturation Occurs from Back to Front of the Brain
Images of Brain Development in Healthy Youth (Ages 5 – 25)
Blue represents maturing of brain areas
Source: Gogtay, Giedd, et al., 2004.
Image from Susan Tapert, PhD, University of California, San Diego
* Brightly colored, 200-ml aluminum pouches complete with little straws inside to suck up the vodka, tequila, and rum, plus some fruit juice.
IT’S PERMISSION: Talk, Talk, Talk
Healthy beliefs and clear standards for behavior should be:
All ideas are considered.
• The decision is clear.
• Everyone is committed to it.
• Teens are involved.
• Family bonds are strengthened.
• The decision reflects family beliefs and standards.
Action on Underage Drinking – collaboration with pediatricians
SAP in all middle and high schools
Digital Divide – Raise awareness of use of technology and youth risk behavior
Parent Education - Roanoke County support of Guiding Good Choices, Staying Connected with Your Teen and Internet Safety Seminars
Promote Youth Raise Awareness of Health Risk - Surgeon General’s Call to Leadership – YADAPP, school prevention clubs, community support
Unique partnerships to implement environmental strategies: Health Officials, ABC, StopIn Stores, WDBJ7, Hispanic community