Spotlight on National Prevention Week Communities
There are many ways to get involved in National Prevention Week to improve your personal well-being and the lives of others around you. Get inspiration from organizations and communities that held a National Prevention Week event in 2012 or 2013.
The organizations highlighted this week are:
Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (State College, PA)
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Prevention Alliance is a member-driven, grassroots organization whose mission is to support prevention professionals in eliminating substance abuse. For National Prevention Week 2013, the Alliance helped coordinate and highlight video and audio messages at different local high schools in the community:
- Sunday, May 12: Southern Huntingdon High School, Three Springs, PA: Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU)
- Monday, May 13: West Chester Communities That Care - Youth Leadership Council, West Chester PA : "Stay Classy, Stay Sober" campaign
- Tuesday, May 14: John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, Washington, PA: Radio PSA-contest winner and Northeastern High School in Manchester, York County
- Wednesday, May 15: Mifflin County High School Media Contest: winning "Alcohol can wait, Life can't" video
- Thursday, May 16 – Friday, May 17: Cocalico High School Aevidum group videos
Community Recovery Resources (Grass Valley, California)
Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a full spectrum of programs focused toward reducing the social, health, and financial impact on families and children from all types of drug abuse.
During National Prevention Week 2013, CoRR organized a "Teen Addiction Epidemic" public event with a screening of the Emmy Award-winning documentary "Collision Course." Multiple partners hosted activities prior to the screening, including local law enforcement with a drug-symptom recognition game, and a youth new employment opportunities (NEO) initiative that promoted the "Love is Louder" campaign during which attendees pinned what they love about themselves to their shirts.
In addition, youth presented the "Truth Is" campaign with statistics from current California Healthy Kids Survey data that dispelled misperceptions about youth use and approval of drug/alcohol use. CoRR adolescent and DUI counselors also conducted field sobriety testing with impaired vision goggles.