Caring Communities is pleased to welcome Betsy Fournier on board as our new policy and media liaison. This is a shared position serving both Franklin Grand Isle Tobacco Prevention Coalition and Caring Communities. Betsy resides in West Swanton and has worked in the field of early childhood education as well as with the Swanton Recreation Department.
Upcoming in November:
Great American Smokeout: November 21.
Talk. They Hear You. Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs. Check out NIDA to learn more and participate in a “family checkup.”
The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is offering encouragement and support to parents to talk about alcohol through its “Talk. They Hear You” campaign.
Wonder how to interact with your teens in a way to reduce the chance that they’ll engage in risky behaviors like underage drinking and other drug use? View this media clip from a presentation by Michael Nerney, renowned prevention expert, and learn how youth process information and emotions, and how you as a caring adult can influence their decisions.
Parents, “Safe Homes Parent Network” is a way for you to connect, support one another, and keep kids safe and substance free across Franklin County. We’re inviting parents to “sign on” to the following:
- I will actively supervise all gatherings of youth in our home or on our property, or ask another responsible adult for help to do so.
- I will not allow the possession of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs by youth in our home or on our property.
- I will set expectations for my children by knowing where they are going, whom they are with, what they are doing, and when they are to return home.
Check out ParentUp for tips on recognizing substance use in teens, talking to your kids and teens about underage drinking and other drug use, and preparing them for safe, fun, substance free parties and events.
Looking to get more involved in County-wide prevention and positive youth development? Consider becoming a mentor, getting involved in “Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol,” or joining our board. We all benefit when our members take an active role in guiding our coalition’s prevention initiatives. Contact Beth 527-5049 x 1 or email@example.com for more information.
Caring Communities is a proud supporter of Front Porch Forum, a web-based community network., which is now available to all towns in Vermont. Check it out and join the conversation.
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Thanks for your interest and remember, we are ALL Caring Communities.