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Substance Abuse Prevention Programs Using Arts/Hobbies

Alamance County, Teen-To-Teen Theater, 2001-2002

Alamance County, Teen-To-Teen Theater, (Outreach and Prevention Services of Alamance, Inc.) is an improvisational acting troupe with students ages 13 to 19 who have the opportunity to appropriately dramatize common adolescent problems to the audience than, seek solutions from the audience. Original material will be presented to schools, youth church groups, conferences and community/ civic groups as an avenue for education and awareness. It is designed to improve parent-teen communication and to increase public awareness of teen issues, i.e. peer pressure, self-esteem, behavior-consequences and social situations.

Project Coordinator: Roger Rush, Outreach and Prevention Services of Alamance, Inc. 711 Hermitage Road, Burlington, NC 27215, Phone: 336-438-2052, Funded: $2,000.

Alamance County, Teen-to-Teen Theater, 2000-2001

Alamance County, Teen-to-Teen Theater, a program of Outreach and Prevention Services of Alamance, Inc., is an improvisational acting troupe with students ages 13 to 19 who have the opportunity to appropriately "act out" some of the difficult issues adolescents face today. Creation and performance of original dramatic material is presented by the troupe to schools, youth church groups, conferences and community/ civic groups to provide as an avenue for education and awareness. When appropriate, audience participation and a question/answer segment is a part of the performance.

Project Coordinator: Roger Rush, Outreach and Prevention Services 711 Hermitage Road, Burlington, NC 27215, Phone: 336-438-2053, Funded: $2,000

Craven County, Stop the Use Project, 2000-2001

Craven County, Stop the Use Project is a youth involvement program for youth ages 6 to 15 in local housing projects and neighboring communities. This concerted anti-drug effort involves youth in developing and distributing a no-use drug brochure for local schools. Youth will also create a hand-written, embroidered quilt with anti-drug messages that will be displayed in local churches, businesses, and youth-related agencies. This program will culminate with community leaders presenting an all-day workshop that will involve youth in anti-drug dialogue.

Project Coordinator: Ed Bell, Youth Vision, Inc. PO Box 13092, New Bern, NC 28561, Phone: 252-635-1968, Funded: $2,000

Dare County, Educational Theatre, 2001-2002

Dare County, Educational Theatre, a project of Cape Hatteras Teen Association, Inc., will work with the Cape Hatteras secondary and middle school students to read and perform for the 3rd-5th grad classes. A well known playwright, who has moved to the area, has offered to write plays focusing on self esteem, ATOD prevention and peer pressure. The performers will learn the process of preparing for a play, learn the importance of teamwork and serve as role models for the elementary students. The plays are intended to help the younger students learn how to deal with troubling issues in their lives.

Project Coordinator: Kathy Kiddy, Cape Hatteras Teen Association, Inc. PO Box 1152, Buxton, NC 27920, Phone: 252-995-601, Funded: $2,000.

Dare County, Sea Chest, 1999-2000

Dare County, Sea Chest, a student project, to publish the history and culture of the people of Hatteras Island. The students develop, research and publish this information in a community publication called, "Sea Chest."

Project Coordinator: Ms. Kathy Kiddy, Locomotion - The Cape Hatteras Teen Association PO Box 1152, Buxton, NC 27920, Phone: (252) 995-6010

Gates County, A Healing Alternative, 1999-2000

Gates County, A Healing Alternative, a performing arts project serving a select group of 14 - 17 year olds. The purpose of the project is to create a safe and productive environment, one that allows the participants to express their creativity while providing a drug-free message to the community.

Project Coordinator: Ms. Sallie J. Ryan, Gates County High School 088 Hwy 158W, Gatesville, NC 27938, Phone: (252) 357-0720

Jackson County, Drug Free Puppet Show, 2001-2002

Jackson County, Drug Free Puppet Show, a project of Jackson County Family Resource Center, will address substance abuse awareness and education in Jackson County and in the Qualla Boundary (a Cherokee Reservation in a small area of Jackson and Swain counties). Forty youth, ages 12-17 will be trained and then present puppet shows at pre-kindergarten centers and elementary schools. The project promotes youth involvement, drug free after school activity, while educating the community about the dangers of drug use. The youth who participate in this project will receive training in puppeteering, stage direction, leadership, and teamwork. This training is intended to help build new life skills or re-enforce existing skills.

Project Coordinator: Linda Gillman, Southwestern Child Development Commission, Inc. PO Box 250, Webster, NC 28779, Phone: 828-586-2845, Funded: $2,000.

Jackson County, Caring Citizens are Cool Puppets, 2000-2001

Jackson County, Caring Citizens are Cool Puppets is one component of the Caring Citizens are Cool program. 30 young people, ages 12-17, choose one of three service components that come from asset-based Survival for Youth training. Cool Puppets, the mentoring/sharing component, allows students to engage in after-school enrichment programs using arts, crafts, sports, theatre and music. The upbeat puppet presentation uses puppets with preK-5th graders and daycare centers to promote the importance of remaining drug free. The overall goal for the 12-17 year old puppeteers is to help them develop ownership and involvement in the community.

Project Coordinator: Linda McElroy, Director, Southwestern Child Development Commission, Inc. PO Box 250, Webster, NC 28788, Phone: 828-586-2845, Funded: $2,000

Pamlico County, Lights, Camera "Action," 1999-2000

Pamlico County, Lights, Camera "Action," is a youth video project with substance abuse prevention no use messages. Sixth through twelve grader students are giving an opportunity to produce commercials from start to finish. The premiere of the final commercials will be open to the public.

Project Coordinator: Ms. Donna Wilson, Pamlico County Health Department PO Box 306, Bayboro, NC 28515, Phone: (252) 745-5111.

Pasquotank County, Substance Abuse Prevention Arts Contest, 2001-2002

Pasquotank County, Substance Abuse Prevention Arts Contest, a project of Northeastern Substance Abuse Center will involve students in grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 in an art and written essay contest. Through the input of focus groups, it has been noted that most prevention and intervention is aimed at the middle school population, hence, the reason for the inclusion of the younger and high school population. This program supports the basic premise that culture and art play an essential role in an individual's life. Students will create works for the Annual Substance Abuse Prevention Arts Contest to illustrate the dangers and ramifications of substance abuse while emphasizing a no-use message. Artwork will be displayed throughout the area for several months for viewing by the general public. This cultural endeavor is designed to foster positive self-esteem and social change.

Project Coordinator: Debbie Leete, Northeastern Substance Abuse Center PO Box 1542, Elizabeth City, NC 27909, Phone: 252-338-4349, Funded: $2,000.

Pitt County, 2nd Annual Drug Awareness Campaign, 2002-2003

Pitt County, 2nd Annual Drug Awareness Campaign, two unique projects of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RCLS) at East Carolina University, incorporate drug awareness campaigns with the events produced by its recreation programming classes. One strategy entitled "Say Boo to Drugs" Haunted Forest provides youth with thrill-seeking entertainment in a safe and unique environment. Participants in programs for at-risk youth are allowed in free-of-charge. Done during Red Ribbon Week, materials promoting a no-use message and Halloween safety are carried throughout the three-day event. A video is produced during the event to get feedback from participants and customers of the event. The other project entitled "Be Proud of Me, I'm Drug Free", Youth Soccer Tournament, is a two day event promoting drug awareness and safety using National Red Ribbon resources to reinforce being "drug free" not only during Red Ribbon week, but throughout the year. The motto will be a prominent part of the entire event, stressing to athletes and others to remain drug-free. Medals, trophies and t-shirts will all carry the "Be Proud" motto.

Project Coordinator: Helen "Joey" Gray, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, ECU Minges Coliseum, Greenville, NC 27858, Phone: 252-328-0002, Funded: $2,000.

Pitt County, 1st Annual Drug Awareness Campaign, 2001-2002

Pitt County, 1st Annual Drug Awareness Campaign, two unique projects of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RCLS) at East Carolina University, incorporate drug awareness campaigns with the events produced by its recreation programming classes. One universal strategy entitled "Say Boo to Drugs" Haunted Forest provides youth with thrill-seeking entertainment in a safe and unique environment. Done during Red Ribbon Week, materials promoting Halloween safety and a no-use message are carried throughout the three-day event. The other universal strategy entitled "Be Proud of Me, I'm Drug Free", Youth Soccer Tournament, is a two day event promoting drug awareness and safety using National Red Ribbon resources to reinforce being "drug free" not only during Red Ribbon week, but throughout the year. The motto will be a prominent part of the entire event, stressing to athletes and others to remain drug-free and for others to reinforce those who are. Medals, trophies and t-shirts will all carry the "Be Proud" motto.

Project Coordinator: Helen "Joey" Gray, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, East Carolina University, 77 Minges Coliseum, Greenville, NC 27858, Phone: 252-328-0002, Funded: $2,000.

Pitt County, Art and Academics: Focus on Resiliency through the Visual Arts, 2001-2002

Pitt County, Art and Academics: Focus on Resiliency through the Visual Arts 2002, is a project of the School of Art at East Carolina University using visual art activities to teach 10-15 years old youth about the effects of alcohol and illegal drugs on human cognition, vision, and emotions. The program provides learners with information about the effects of controlled substances. Youth will have the opportunity to develop resiliency skills and express themselves in socially supported ways by engaging in visual art activities. Adults will be trained to work with children utilizing techniques used by instructors within the School of Art. Once the adults are trained in the process, it is the expectation that these adults will replicate these activities in their own communities.

Project Coordinator: Cynthia Bickley-Green, School of Art, East Carolina University Jenkins Fine Arts Center, Greenville, NC 27858, Phone: 252-328-6563, Funded: $2,000.

Pitt County, Art and Academics: Focus on Resiliency through the Visual Arts, 2000-2001

Pitt County, Art and Academics: Focus on Resiliency through the Visual Arts. One professor and several graduate students from the East Carolina University School of Art will provide an after-school art instruction and resiliency training program for youth ages 10 to 15. Visual art activities will be used to teach youth the effects that alcohol and drugs have on human cognition, vision, and emotion. Youth will also have the opportunity to develop resiliency skills and express themselves in socially-supported ways by engaging in visual art activities.

Project Coordinator: Dr. Cynthia Bickley-Green, Director of Art Education, School of Art East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, Phone: 252-328-1293, Funded: $2,000