As you may have realized by now, our agency has undergone some technological changes. We have updated/upgraded our website, we are really trying to gain a broader social media presence, and we are becoming increasingly involved in community issues. However, the one aspect of ADAC that we want to be sure is well publicized is our continued commitment to prevention, specifically in the schools. Just this week one of our Prevention Specialists, Amanda, has begun our Too Good For Drugs curriculum in South Kortright, covering grades K-4th. Too Good For Drugs is put out by the Mendez Foundation and covers: goal setting, decision making, bonding with pro-social other, identifying and managing emotions, and communicating effectively.
Over the next 8 weeks (including this week) Amanda will be working with the youngsters at South Kortright while beginning programs in other schools throughout our county with our other Prevention Specialist, Gabby. Our goal is to be in a different school district each day, working with students K-High School dealing with the issues listed above. During the 2015-16 school year, we were able to reach almost 1000 students per week between our school day and after-school programming. This year we are planning on reaching even more.
Each week we are going to be posting an update explaining what Prevention is doing and the plan moving forward. Our county is one that is inundated with complex issues involving substances and violence. Our goal is to reach as many students with the idea that each one of them is able to make a positive choice for themselves. Their friends and family may provide pressure, but ultimately it is up to them to be: "Empowered By Choice."