The Youth Empowerment Solutions Program (or “YES”) is designed to help 5th-8th grade students develop the knowledge and skills they need to plan and lead community change projects here in Dexter. SRSLY believes that the best way to make positive changes in our community, and reduce destructive behaviors like underage drinking and drug use, is to let youth take the lead. The YES Program prepares them to do just that.
The YES Program was developed by the Prevention Research Center of Michigan, at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The SRSLY Coalition is implementing the YES Program in Dexter in order to empower young people and create positive community change. With permission from the original authors, SRSLY has adjusted the original curriculum to specifically target destructive behavior in Dexter youth.
The training consists of four in-service trainings and additional team meetings as needed through the end of the school year. The in-service trainings are held after school and cover teamwork, leadership and project planning. The dates for in-services @ Mill Creek Middle School will be posted in Summer 2016. The program includes a community asset visit, a discussion with community leaders, and a “windshielding” activity, during which youth learn how to identify community assets and liabilities. You can contact SRSLY staff directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-593-6974.
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We want to provide an opportunity for high school students, entering grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 to gain leadership skills and participate with a community coalition focused on creating an environment where youth make positive and substance free decisions. The internship program will increase youth participation in the decision making process within SRSLY Dexter and provide leadership opportunities within the coalition.
*Possible Summer Projects:
Commitment of 64 hours over 8 weeks from June to August, paid $500 stipend if age 16+, unpaid for 15 and under
–Social Media Campaign
o Determine effective ways to communicate with high school peers to promote positive messages
o Use social media websites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. ) to market teen opportunities and events and SRSLY website to high school students
o Use Above the Influence Project or similar ideas to promote healthy decision making around alcohol and other drugs and promote SRSLY in the community
o Promote and assist with SRSLY Cinema June-August
o Assist with Dexter Daze set up, tabling, and break down
o Assist with back to school recruitment events
–Data Collection and Analysis
o Review and use 2016 survey data to implement SRSLY initiatives and projects
o Create survey to learn what activities, infrastructure Dexter youth would like to see in the community
*Attend Summer Youth Leadership Conference
(SRSLY will provide funding for transportation, lodging, registration, and some meals to one of the following: )
–Youth to Youth International Conference- Bekley, Ohio, June 20-23
–CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute- Las Vegas, NV, July 17-21 (**Parent must also attend)
Coalitions across the country send their youth through courses to help them work together more effectively. The ultimate goal is to enhance the skills of youth leaders so they can be meaningfully involved in the everyday decisions of the coalition.
o Interns will provide a brief presentation about the conference to the SRSLY staff and Coalition members that identify key strategies to bring to Dexter
*Participate in the SRSLY Dexter Coalition
(Commitment of 15-20 volunteer hours Sept 2015- June 2016, applicable toward community service credit)
o Present Internship findings at fall coalition meeting (Sept. 2015)
o Continue to bring ideas to Youth Steering Committee and function as member of group
o Meet with SRSLY leadership to discuss strategies to prevent and reduce substance use among Dexter youth through the year
For questions email Stephanie@srslydexter.org
Drugs 101 is an informative and educational program for all adults to learn about the signs, symptoms and current trends of teen drug use. A highlight of the program is a mock teenager’s bedroom set-up for adults to observe and attempt to identify the obvious and not-so-obvious drug related paraphernalia.
Guiding Good Choices (GGC) is highly effective in reducing drug and alcohol use among kids whose parents participate. In fact, kids whose parents participate are 40% less likely to use drugs and alcohol than kids whose parents don’t.
GGC consists of one two-hour workshop per week, for five weeks. Parents enjoy this skill-based program, and agree that their children’s health and safety are worth the ten-hour time investment.
During lively, interactive workshops, parents learn practical skills to help them strengthen their relationship with their children, and help kids avoid drug use and other problems. Parents who have completed GGC in Chelsea with SRSLY have said:
Schedule your own session. Groups of eight or more who would like to complete GGC can schedule a private session at a time and place that is convenient for your group.
There is no charge for this program when it is held in Dexter. SRSLY is able to offer Guiding Good Choices for free, and with flexible scheduling, thanks to the generous support of Chelsea Community Hospital, the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation, and our volunteer facilitators.