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The Falmouth Prevention Partnership is a community effort dedicated to creating a healthier and safer environment for youth and preventing substance abuse and other risky behaviors.  As partners, we are working together to address the underlying causes of this problem through the use of proven strategies.
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Community Action Team   Chairs: Sally Hauck

         Members: Officer Brian Loewen, Brenda Burke, Karen Cardeira, Lois Griffin, Carol Summersall, Matthew Anderson, Sandy Cuny, Diane Suhm.

This team is addressing the issue of availability of alcohol to minors and focusing on preventing adults from purchasing or providing alcohol to minors.

Project: Sticker Shock Campaign

The Sticker Shock Campaign is an evidence based    community awareness project developed and researched by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).  This project is directed at adults age 21 and older who legally purchase alcohol, and then provide it to minors.  The campaign utilizes trained and supervised adults and youth.  Stickers are strategically placed in local retail liquor stores to let customers know that it is illegal to procure alcohol for minors.  This is not a punitive or sting type project.  The purpose is to increase awareness of the general population about the laws and consequences of procuring alcohol for minors.

Parent Action Team   Chairs: Nancy Quigg

Members: Bill Hough, Suzie Hauptmann, Laura Peterson, Patti Friedman, Meredith Axon, Kelly Geist

This team is addressing the issue of favorable parental attitudes toward underage drinking including the following local conditions:

             Drinking is viewed as a "rite of passage," mixed signals are being sent.

                Parents host parties and provide alcohol to minors, often in the "name of safety"

             Lack of consequences. Youth do not feel they will be caught by parents, police or school personnel.

Projects:

The Falmouth Safe Homes Campaign will be a support network for Falmouth parents who are concerned about alcohol and other drug use at pre-teen and teen parties.  The cornerstone of the Safe Homes project is a parental pledge not to serve or allow minors to consume alcohol or use drugs in their homes.  The program will promote parents supervising kids when they get together and open communication between other parents and guardians who are concerned about their children’s safety.  When parents join Safe Homes, they will be added to a directory with other Safe Homes families.  They can use this directory to determine if their teen or pre-teen is invited to a safe home.

 

Guiding Good Choices is a five-part workshop (once per week for 5 weeks) for parents or caregivers of children ages 9-14. The program seeks to promote healthy youth development and to prevent teen alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by helping parents gain skills to: build family bonds, establish and reinforce clear and consistent guidelines and expectations for behavior,  teach children skills to resist peer influence, improve family management   practices, and reduce family conflict.  

We currently have 15 trained facilitators and we are launching a pilot program next month. Mailings and prevention materials went out to parents of 4-8 graders inviting them to participate. The Partnership plans to expand this program in the coming years to multiple venues such as churches, local businesses and community organizations.



Youth Opportunities Team         Chair: Kate McHugh

Members: Brenda Swain, Suzie Hauptmann, Fred Meade, Lee Wotherspoon, Helen Kennedy, Tracey Crago, Mike White, Bill Andrade, Dianna Barbosa, Michael Andrews, Juli Mayers, Jessica Santos, Meg Luizzi, Micheal Andrews, Nan Casslebury

This team is focused on addressing favorable youth attitudes toward underage drinking.  They are focused on addressing the following local conditions identified in our assessment including:

         Youth lack opportunities and incentives for positive community involvement.

         Youth do not see the harm in drinking regularly. Use is seen as acceptable way of dealing with stress and boredom.

Projects:

         Partnering with National Honor Society to revitalize the Teen Center and establish a Teen Center Council of youth who will oversee teen center programming and projects in the long run.

         Establishing a monthly column in The Enterprise to recognize youth who are doing positive work in the community

         Partnering with the “No Guff” Committee to expand this to a community-wide, week-long event focusing on positive attitudes and behavior toward others.

School Action Team     Chairs: Kathleen Jespersen and Nick Riebesehl

Members: Alan Kazarian, Andy Loewen, Liz Page, Dave Faus, Dianna Barbosa, Judy Fenwick, Rebecca Moffitt, Jennifer Butler, Paul Cali, Josh Oliver, Todd Oliveira, Janet Sullivan, Tom Griffin, Kate Murphy

This team is addressing favorable youth attitudes including:

         Youth do not see the harm in drinking regularly. Use is seen as acceptable way of dealing with stress and boredom.

         Lack of consequences. Youth do not feel they will be caught by parents, police or school personnel.

         Youth lack opportunities and incentives for positive community involvement.

Projects:

  Review middle grades  School Policies and Procedures

            and implement strategies for raising student awareness on consequences at school.

  Enhance Prevention Curriculum and Programming

  Partner with Parent Action Team on educational forums and workshops.

  Partner with Youth Opportunities Team to enhance positive activities for youth.