YOUTH PLAY THE MOST IMPORTANT ROLE IN PREVENTING SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Teens helping teens is one of the best ways to prevent and educate on the dangers of drug abuse. Through youth led discussions and programs, other youth better feel and understand the negative consequences facing them and their society as a whole when it comes to substance abuse and peer pressure. Youth intervening early with each other—before high school—is critical. That is why we deploy and operate specific youth programs to allow our teens the ability for a drug free, healthy future.
ECHO events strive to give community youth fun, healthy recreation with a little twist of life skills and drug prevention mixed in! ECHO events are held at various locations around Clinton County and are organized through our CSAPC community partnerships with Mid-Michigan District Health Department, Clinton County RESA, St. Johns Park & Recreation, our local public schools, Eaton RESA and more. Sponsored under the Mid-State Health Network, these events are a great way to get youth together and having fun!
*Due to COVID-19, ECHO events are temporarily suspended, but please follow us on Facebook for updates!
Students against destructive decisions (SADD) was founded on the simple philosophy that young people, empowered to help each other, are the most effective force in prevention. SADD has been recognized as a national leader in alcohol and drug education and prevention. In every community, the world of teenagers becomes more and more complex. Substance abuse, violence, suicide, negative influences on body image, and glorification of lowered value standards are threats to teens' well-being. With its expansion of focus to include destructive decisions outside of solely drinking and driving, SADD has become the premier youth-based education and prevention organization in America and maintains the ability to play a leading role in effective, evidence-based prevention programming. At CSAPC, we are proud to deploy a SADD youth program!
Each year, we host a youth led billboard contest. This year's 2021 theme is "Most Teen's Don't". Teens are encouraged to create a billboard that reflects a positive message or showcases positive things in their life. Most Teen’s Don’t is a social norm campaign that helps celebrate teens who make healthy choices when it comes to marijuana, alcohol, and nicotine use. The final artwork will help spread a drug free, positive message throughout Clinton County. Both the winning billboard and the 1st and 2nd place runner-ups will have their billboard featured throughout Clinton County!
**Congratulations to last year's 2020 TalkSooner billboard winners:
• First Place: Bianca, age 12, St.Johns Middle School
• Runner Up: Katelyn, age 16, P-W High School
• Runner Up: Carter, age 14, St. Johns High School
**The contest is open to Clinton County youth ages 10-18 years old! The winner will receive a $60 Amazon gift card and their artwork featured on our Clinton County Fall billboard for all of our community to see! Second and third place runner ups will each receive name recognition and a $30 Amazon gift card.
Caring and Sharing Partnership
We are proud to partner with the Caring and Sharing Family Life Services, Inc. Caring and Sharing Family Life Services is a small non-profit organization set out to assist families, children and individuals in Clinton County. They offer a variety of programs including Maternal Infant Health Programs, Grand Plus, ACT Parenting, and PATH.
Want to volunteer or have a program idea?
At Clinton Substance Awareness & Prevention Coalition, we want to hear from you! Interested in joining our Coalition or have a program idea? Contact us directly at 989-227-3140 or email Sara Thelen at email@example.com.