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Posted on May 6, 2015

April quarterly coalition meeting report

Youth Advocates named

Elaine Nutter receives the Youth Advocate Award from Dalene Dutton. Andrew Lesmerises, founder and director of Midcoast Martial Arts, receives the Youth Advocate Award from Mariah Smith-DuttonDuring April’s Five Town Communities That Care Coalition Meeting, Elaine Nutter and Midcoast Martial Arts received Youth Advocate Awards for individual and organization, respectively. Elaine Nutter, Five Town CSD Superintendent, has supported Coalition activities both in her school position and as a member of the Five Town CTC board. She also sits on the coalition’s Community Data Work Group, where she puts her puts her experience and knowledge of all things data to work for the community.

Midcoast Martial Arts (MMA) has participated in the coalition’s STAR afterschool program for many years. MMA works the Social Development Strategy (a foundational element of the STAR program) into its instruction. Rather than competition, MMA focuses its mission on character  development, with strong emphasis on the full character, including mental, physical and social aspects of healthy youth development.

Want to nominate a youth advocate for an award?

They should be:

1) Involved in reducing problem adolescent behaviors (such as substance abuse, suicide, violence, delinquency, school drop-out, and teen pregnancy) among our local youth. 2) Involved in reducing Five Town CTC priority risk factors in the local community. 3) Involved in promoting Five Town CTC priority protective factors in the local community. 4) Fostering increased collaboration and cooperation amongst youth-serving agencies, groups, and businesses in the local community. 5) Fostering improved communication between local youth and their community. 6) Providing opportunities for area youth to learn new skills that they can use in service to their community.

Nominations can be submitted by emailing the candidate’s name and contact info, along with a statement of why you feel they should receive the award, to info@fivetownctc.org.

Meeting agenda

Mariah Smith-Dutton presented on the results of a recent community survey which sought to gauge awareness of the Five Town CTC Coalition’s mission, vision and initiatives. Some results from the survey questions:

Have you heard of Five Town Communities That Care? 80% answered yes.

Where did you hear about FTCTC survey

What town survey question

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What FTCTC does graph

What do you think FTCTC does?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Misperceptions uncovered in survey:

Coalition focuses on “at-risk” youth and Coalition focuses only on programs.

Work Group reports: 

  • Community Data: Meeting with providers to learn what is available for preschool kids, what can be done to be assured kids are prepared when they get to kindergarten. Where can we fill in the gaps? Is a new focus for CTC (normally middle school)… looking further upstream.
  • Youth Involvement: Creating a new youth group, starting with high schoolers and then including middle school students. Purpose is to include their voices, ideas, vision for a healthy community.

 

Community share: 

  • Bowl for Kids Sake going on now through Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Connections has just finished 13th year. Have exceeded 1,000 families in the community.

 

Suggested topic for next meeting:
Panel on fundraising. Suggestions welcome for panel or person to prevent.

 

 


Posted on April 5, 2015

Drug Free Communities Grant Initiatives, 2015

Through DFC funding, we are increasing our efforts to build community collaboration and reduce youth substance use. The following initiatives are currently underway. The DFC plan/initiatives will expand through the five-year duration of the grant. 

Youth alcohol use reduction

OBJECTIVE:

Reduce grade ten 30-day alcohol use as measured by the CTC Youth Survey from the 2012 measure of 32.6% to 25% by spring of 2018.

  • Reduce access to alcohol by continuing Reward and Reminder compliance checks for retailers licensed for off-premise sales, and expand program to on-site sellers in order to achieve 90% or better compliance rate across outlets by September 29, 2015.
  • Reduce access to alcohol by conducting “Sticker Shock” campaign in stores selling alcohol.
  • Change physical design of local stores by having youth groups petition stores to make liquor aisles less visible.
  • Reduce access to alcohol by conducting substance access surveys in Five Town schools.
  • Provide information  to increase 2018 measures of 10th grade youth perception of risk of alcohol use (as measured by the CTC Youth Survey) from the 2012 level of 68.1% to at least 80% in 2018 by working with medical community to ensure that consistent, accurate messages about risks associated with youth alcohol use reach adolescent patients and parents of youth <25.
  • Change consequences for underage alcohol use by working with local law enforcement to promote the existence of newly created KTip anonymous tip line for the Five Town community in order to increase preemptive public reporting of underage parties to law enforcement by 15%.
  • Modify/change policies of local law enforcement efforts by incorporating “party patrols” comprised of local volunteers trained and able to help county law enforcement in order to increase the number of days that patrols utilizing volunteers and/or law enforcement are in action in the community.
  • Change consequences for parental responsibility regarding underage alcohol use by increasing awareness and enforcement of Maine’s already existing social host ordinance.
  • Change consequences for teens employed by local businesses through delivery of the Businesses That Care program (Beta tested in 2013) to supervisors of at least ten area companies that routinely employ adolescent workers so that supervisors can increase bonding with adolescent employees and more effectively discourage use of alcohol by their adolescent employees (by September 29, 2015).
  • Enhance access to existing community prevention programs aligned with Coalition priorities.

 

Youth marijuana use reduction

OBJECTIVE:

Reduce grade ten 30-day marijuana use as measured by the CTC Youth Survey from the 2012 measure of 25.7% to 20% by spring of 2018.

  • Provide information to increase measures of perception of risk of marijuana use (as measured by the CTC Youth Survey) for youth in grade ten from the 2012 level of 50.4% to at least 70% in 2018 by working with the local medical community to ensure that consistent, accurate messages about the risks associated with youth marijuana use reach adolescent patients and patients who are parents of children 25 and under.
  • Change consequences for underage marijuana use by working with local law enforcement to develop and coordinate effective anonymous tip lines for the Five Town community in order to increase preemptive public reporting of underage parties to law enforcement by 15%.
  • Change consequences for underage marijuana use by coordinating local volunteers trained and able to help county law enforcement with “party patrols” in order to increase the number of days that patrols utilizing volunteers and/or law enforcement are in action in the community.
  • Change consequences for teens employed by area businesses through delivery of the Businesses That Care program (Beta tested in 2013) to supervisors of at least ten area companies that routinely employ adolescent workers so that supervisors can increase bonding with adolescent employees and more effectively discourage use of marijuana by their adolescent employees (by September 29, 2015).
  • Enhance access to existing community prevention programs aligned with Coalition priorities.

 

Posted on March 19, 2015

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Raising healthy kids is easier than healing broken adults.

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Every kid deserves a chance to grow up healthy, happy, and productive.

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