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Coming up March 30 – parenting class at Fairfax library. Click here for more information.
We are proud to recognize Sandra Brauer as the recipient of our Positive Prevention Champion – lifetime achievement award. Sandra is retiring from her position as student assistance professional position at Enosburg Falls Middle/High School. We will miss her, but are grateful for the groundwork she has laid for continued prevention work at EFMHS and throughout the FNESU. Congratulations, Sandra!
Also receiving the Positive Prevention Champion award is Sandy Kilburn of Swanton. Sandy has been a tireless advocate for safe and healthy youth and families. She’s an active member of the Swanton Enhancement Project and was instrumental in bringing NOTCH summer camp to Swanton in 2016.
Finally, we recognize Swanton as a Positive Prevention Champion, working toward a vibrant, inclusive, safe, and healthy community that values all its members.
Postponed to March: Guiding Good Choices ™ in Richford! Call 527-5049 for more information or to register or visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGC2017 to register online.
Check out the Monitoring the Future 2016 report on teen substance use. Nationally, the trends are positive – meaning less substance abuse, including lower rates of binge drinking, other illicit drug use, and tobacco use. The survey points out a significant disparity in cannabis use: higher rates of use among high school seniors in states with medical marijuana laws (38.3 percent) as compared to states without these laws (33.3 percent).
If you are looking for information on effective policies that support prevention, please download our document, Addressing Youth and Young Adult Substance Abuse in Franklin County.
Is Vermont really ready for legalized marijuana? Check out this report on the impact of marijuana legalization and commercialization.
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.
Are you interested in joining the Safe Home Parent Network? Click here for more information and to complete the survey.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Join us in promoting a safe, healthy, caring, and substance-free Franklin County that values all its members. And, if you’d like to support Caring Communities and Watershed Mentoring financially, you can now donate online! Please click on the button to the right to be taken to a secure donation website.
Thanks for your interest and remember, we are ALL Caring Communities.