Main Street Foundations: Building Community Teams
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Research and practice indicate that for community team training and community mobilization to be effective, some preliminary steps are critical. In this session Debbie Blasiar of the Southwest Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities presents a program that provides educators and community members with the knowledge and skills needed to activate prevention-focused community teams. Topics addressed include an overview of community organizations, concepts of community mobilization, and how to activate a prevention-focused community team.
Teen Court: An Alternate Approach to Juvenile Justice
Is your school, local law agency, or civic organization searching for a juvenile justice program that is highly youth participatory, effective, and actively involves multiple aspects of the community? If so, you may wish to consider implementing a Teen Court. What is Teen Court? It is an alternative juvenile justice system that allows a 14 year-old shoplifter to be prosecuted by a 16-year-old lawyer and sentenced by jurors younger than 18 years of age. The philosophy of this approach is that a youth does not continue to be an offender when a jury of his/her peers determines his/her punishment. Also, through community service and education, a youth offender will better understand the consequences of his/her actions. Nancy Stevens, Teen Court Coordinator in Silver City, New Mexico, provides a wealth of knowledge, encouragement, and enthusiasm about the effectiveness of Teen Court and its implementation as well as an overview of the philosophy and history of Teen Court. Background information and resources needed to implement Teen Court are also provided.
An Overview of Prevention: A Social Change Model
Public opinion has changed radically in the past 20 to 60 years regarding such issues as smoking, alcohol use, ecology, and general health issues. How and why did these changes occur? What is prevention? How does prevention relate to social change? These are common questions asked by educators and community members who wish to develop programs that lower the risk of alcohol and other drug abuse or participation in destructive or high-risk behaviors. Prevention is the active, assertive process of creating conditions and/or personal attributes that promote the well-being of people. Social change occurs when values and beliefs change. Mike Lowther, Director of the Southwest Prevention Center, provides the background knowledge you need about social change and prevention. This knowledge can greatly assist you in the development of programs that lower the risk of problems related to drug and alcohol use/abuse or destructive/high risk behaviors. This program will assist you in establishing collaboration with other community members and organizations in the development of coordinated community prevention-focused programs.
Strengthening the Family: An Overview of a Holistic Family Wellness Model
Teacher Link 2000: An Interactive National Teleconference