Positive Voices

Positive Voices is a substance abuse and violence prevention program that will educate through group discussions and artistic expression.

posvoice

We will use two categories of creative expression poster/drawing & poetry/essay to teach participants the dangers of underage drinking, substance abuse, violence & the use of tobacco product as well as the benefits of being substance/alcohol, drug and tobacco free and non-violent.

We creatively “school” participants on what’s really “cool” and “un-cool”. ”  We use “positive peers”, local college students and trained professionals to coach participants on peer pressure and to give greater impact to the entire Positive Voices message.

 

Positive Voices is an out-of-school time program aimed at the prevention and reduction of underage drinking, substance abuse, violence and the use of tobacco products. The program uses trained facilitators, such as Kwain Bryant, of Empowerment Exchange, Karen Noel of Youth Alternative to Abusive Relationships (YARR), DEA Special Agent Chuvalo Truesdall from Atlanta, Georgia, and representatives from (SAPS), Substance Abuse Prevention Services to educate through group discussions and artistic expression using an essay/poster contests as the medium of creative expression.

 

Siegel Avenue Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Boulevard Homes Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Every Monday & Wednesday 4:30pm-6:30pm.

 

Objectives:

  • To educate youth about the negative consequences inherent in substance abuse, underage drinking, violence and use of tobacco products.
  • To give youth options when dealing with peer pressures to indulge in negative & risk taking behavior that will affect their future & potential.
  • To encourage youth to be role models and to use their influence and knowledge to discourage their peers from underage drinking, substance abuse, violence and the use of tobacco products.

 

Results:

  • In 12-weeks we met with over 150 students age 10-15
  • Each participate completed more than 30 hours of instructions and received one-on-one coaching, mentoring and interaction.
  • We created a detailed scrapbook of all the essays and projects the Positive Voices students created.
  • Multiple comments from counselors and parents regarding the improvements in behaviors, attention and respect.