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Regional Training Center


Faith-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

Beaufort County, Tideland Faith-Based Initiative Training Project, 2002-2003
Beaufort County, Tideland Faith-Based Initiative Training Project aims to educate clergy and other church officials from all racial/ethnic backgrounds on basic issues related to substance use prevention among the youth in the communities making up the five surrounding counties. This effort will focus on involving the faith-based community in promoting protective factors and decreasing or eliminating risk factors for youth in their communities. The participants will also learn skills on how to develop action plans to address these issues in a collaborative effort. The faith-based community will gain knowledge on how to establish partnerships with community leaders and other persons who touch the lives of the youth at risk. Project Coordinator: Sharon Garrett, Tideland Mental Health Center 1308 Highland Drive, Washington, NC 27889, Phone: 252-946-8061, Funded: $1,425.

Johnston County, Family Connection Project, 2001-2002
Johnston County, Family Connection Project, a project of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, supports families by providing educational resources and parent skill training. Group interactive sessions will use Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to assist parents in learning appropriate skills for training their children and strengthening family relationships. Participants will have opportunities to participate in small discussions and reflect on the seven habits as well as practice skill development on anger management, problem solving, and goal setting. The intent is to help to build more resilient families. Project Coordinator: Shirley Cohen, St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church PO Box 1080, 400 West Watson Street, Selma, NC 27576, Phone: 919-965-5090, Funded: $2,000.

Johnston County, Family Connection, 2000-2001
Johnston County, Family Connection is a parent education and resource program held in a faith setting. Active Parenting materials and science-based video are used in training sessions to strengthen family relationships, while promoting protective factors. The desired outcomes include increased parent involvement in the schools, positive family bonding, reduction in drugs, violence and abusive behaviors in the home and community. Project Coordinator: Shirley Cohen, Education Coordinator, St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church PO Box 1080, Selma, NC 27576, Phone: 919-934-9810, Funded: $2,000.

Wilson County, I'm Special/Simple Pleasures, 2001-2002
Wilson County, I'm Special/Simple Pleasures, a science-based prevention program for third and fourth graders living in public housing communities. The goal is to provide information about I'm Special to fifty faith based organizations and recruit and train fifteen facilitators for the program. Simple Pleasures is an ongoing activity designed to strengthen families and communities by demonstrating to participants the importance of low cost or no cost fun activities as healthy alternatives to alcohol and other drug involvement. This is a collaborative effort among several community agencies and organizations. Project Coordinator: Phillip Mooring, Wilson Families in Action, Inc. PO Box 3553, Wilson, NC 27895, Phone: 252-237-1242, Funded: $2,000.