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Life Skills Program

Catawba County, Images Project, 1999-2000

Catawba County, Images Project, an after school Life Skills program for preventing unhealthy behaviors in youth. Images builds upon natural assets in fifth through eighth graders.

Project Coordinator: Ms. JoAnn Spees, Council on Adolescents of Catawba County 612-A 32nd Street, SE, Conover, NC 28613, Phone: (828) 322-4591

Johnston County, APPLE: A Prevention Program Leading to Excellence, 2001-2002

Johnston County, APPLE: A Prevention Program Leading to Excellence, a project of the National Association of University Women, is a six-month prevention program for middle school youth designed around monthly sessions of interactive workshops facilitated by community leaders to aid youth in the development of civic and community minded young adults. Workshops will emphasize the building of life skills with sessions on time management, self-discipline, self-control, honesty, anger management, service and volunteering. The leaders of the program serve as mentors to participants, showing that with proper skills and attitudes, one can have a successful future.

Project Coordinator: G. Wyatt Sydnor, National Association of University Women Smithfield Branch, 708 Hancock Street, Smithfield, NC 27577, Phone: 919-513-2446, Funded: $2,000.

Lenoir County, Wise Guys, Male Responsibility Curriculum, 2001-2002

Lenoir County, Wise Guys, Male Responsibility Curriculum, a project of Kinston/Lenoir County One-on-One, Inc., takes place at an alternative school and is designed to prevent adolescent pregnancy by teaching young males self-responsibility. Sessions are designed to address lifestyle management, including prevention of adolescent pregnancy and prevention, academic success and intervention of ATOD use and abuse. The title, Wise Guys, is intended to serve as a prescription for youth in the community to "wise up" and get involved in a positive manner.

Project Coordinator: Belinda Stallings-Fields, Kinston/Lenoir County One-on-One Inc. PO Box 3215, Kinston, NC 28502, Phone: 252-527-2227, Funded: $1,812.

Lenoir County, T.A.P. (Teen Action Program) for Success, 2001-2002

Lenoir County, T.A.P. (Teen Action Program) for Success, a project of Kinston/Lenoir One-on-One, Inc., is an after school program using the TOP (Teen Outreach Program) Curriculum. This "best practice" program deals with adolescent pregnancy prevention with no regard to gender or race. It deals with both male and female issues. The program addresses teen pregnancy prevention, use of alcohol and or drugs, academic success, and community service. The program is intended to help adolescents develop a more positive self-image, learn valuable life skills and begin to establish future goals. Sessions will be held twice a week. Teens will learn the Service Learning Model and host a senior citizen's prom planned by the teens.

Project Coordinator: Belinda Stallings-Fields, Kinston/Lenoir County One-on-One, Inc. PO Box 3215, Kinston, NC 28502, Phone: 252-527-2227, Funded: $1,590.

New Hanover County, Project A.L.E.R.T., 2001-2002

New Hanover County, Project A.L.E.R.T., a project of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc., is a science-based program offered in 14 sessions designed to enhance the resiliency and protective factors of middle school students while expressing a clear no-use ATOD message. This program focuses on understanding the consequences of substance use, developing refusal skills, promoting positive norms, resisting internal and social pressures, recognizing healthy alternatives to substance abuse, supporting others in making healthy non-use decisions and learning ways to stop use and help others to do the same. Research on Project A.L.E.R.T. depicts a decrease in marijuana and tobacco use among it participants, while dramatically enhancing anti-drug beliefs.

Project Coordinator: Deeanna Hale-Holland, Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. 615 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28412, Phone: 910-343-0145, Funded: $2,000.

Pitt County, 4-H MASTERS (Making After School Time Educational, Recreational, Stimulating), 2000-2001

Pitt County, 4-H MASTERS (Making After School Time Educational, Recreational, Stimulating). Eastern North Carolina is still recovering from the ravages of Hurricane Floyd and the flood. 4-H Masters is an after-school program for a special population of elementary school youth who still reside in a community of temporary housing. At the request of the youth, this program is a continuation of "their" summer program. Once a week, they meet as a "club" where they are involved in skill development, leadership and citizenship experiences. They will select and complete a community service project. Two male teachers, who worked with them this summer, volunteer their time for the project.

Project Coordinator: Dale E. Panaro, 4-H Agent, Pitt County Cooperative Extension
403 Government Circle, Greenville, NC 27834, Phone: 252-757-2802, Funded: $1,900

Pitt County, Recreational Activities Yield Success (RAYS), 2000-2001

Pitt County, Recreational Activities Yield Success (RAYS). Research shows that juvenile crime tends to be highest in the first few hours right after school. In response, this after-school alternative program is available to any student of this high school wishing to participate. Students from East Carolina University provide support and mentoring through physical activity and tutoring for three hours every weekday. Another component involves a leadership training program, based on a proven curriculum which is application competitive. Participants focus on leadership, healthy living and prevention of ATOD.

Project Coordinator: Dr. Thomas Skalko, Chair, Jennifer Dawson, Graduate Assistant, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, Phone: 252-328-2579 Funded: $1,999

Robeson County, Project Lift-Off, Eye Opener 2001, 2000-2001

Robeson County, Project Lift-Off, Eye Opener 2001, is a youth-involvement project developed by a collaborative effort between public, university and government agencies for youth ages 9-19 living in public housing. Unhealthy behaviors including ATOD use, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, have a likelihood of becoming a problem for this select population. This project focuses on preventing or reducing the incidence of these behaviors with specific "eye opener" sessions to make these young people have a better chance of making good lifestyle choices.

Project Coordinator: Jane McMillan, P.L.O Coordinator, Housing Authority of the City of Lumberton 900 N. Chestnut Street, Lumberton, NC 28358, Phone: 910-671-8215, Funded: $2,000

Sampson County, Delta Academy, 2000-2001

Sampson County, Delta Academy, is an educational/mentoring project sponsored by the alumnae chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The program targets African-American females ages 11-18 and males ages 15-18. Participants are recommended by various agencies within the county, based on who might benefit most. The Academy consists of 12 seminars/workshops, meeting monthly, in which participants focus on life skills, appropriate behaviors, improvement of academics and exposure to cultural events. Chapter members are paired with a participant to mentor on an individual basis.

Project Coordinator: Janice Wright, Clinton Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. PO Box 1826, Clinton, NC 28329, Phone: 910-592-4219, Funded: $1,000

Surry County, Project Alert, 1999-2000

Surry County, Project Alert, is a science-based curriculum that teaches adolescents how to effectively resist social pressures and curb marijuana and cigarette use. The program reaches low and high-risk students and low and high minority schools and in a variety of socioeconomic settings.

Project Coordinator: Ms. Shasta Bode Brown, Crossroads Behavioral Healthcare 351 Riverside Drive, Mt. Airy, NC 27030, Phone: (336) 719-3232

Wake County, Girls on the Run and Parent to Parent, 2003-2004

Wake County, Girls on the Run and Parent to Parent - 2003-2004 The 4H BASES of Wake County is going to provide the Girls on the Run curriculum to girls that would otherwise not be able to afford to participate in this program. Girls on the Run is a life-changing character development program for girls ages 8-12 that uses running to teach essential life skills. The primary objective of this program is to reduce the potential display of at-risk activities among its participants. The goal is fewer adolescent pregnancies and eating disorder, less depression and suicide attempts, as well as fewer substance/alcohol abuse problems and confrontations with the juvenile justice system. The 24-lesson plan will encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. In conjunction with this project, the parents of these girls and other parents in the county will be offered the Parent to Parent program. This program will train and equip the parents with the skills, attitudes and abilities they need to get their children through the adolescent year without significant drug or alcohol use.

Contact: Claudine Parker, Wake County Human Services, 4H BASES, Best Friends Mentoring Program, 568 E. Lenoir Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601, 919-856-5337, Funded: $2,000

Wake County, Going Places, 2002-2003

Wake County, Going Places, a project of SouthLight Prevention Services, assists high-risk youth in obtaining the life skills and education necessary to prevent substance abuse and/or other destructive behaviors. The project implemented three science-based programs in the fall of 2002: All Stars, All Stars Junior and Project SUCCESS. The All Stars program is a school or community program to delay or prevent high-risk behaviors in middle school youth ages 11-14. The program modules include substance abuse education, violence prevention and premature sexual activity. The All Stars Junior program parallels the All Stars with age-appropriate material for 4th and 5th graders. Project SUCCESS prevents and reduces substance use among high-risk, multi-problem high school students focusing on communication, decision-making, stress and anger management, problem-solving and refusal skills.

Project Coordinator: David Turpin, SouthLight, Inc. 3117 Poplarwood Court, Suite 326, Raleigh, NC 27604, Phone: 919-787-6131, Funded: $2,000.

Wake County, KISS (Keeping in Step with Studies), 2002-2003

Wake County, KISS (Keeping in Step with Studies), through SouthLight Prevention Services and in collaboration with Wake County Housing Authority and the Wake Forest Citizens' Substance Abuse Task Force, serves the youth of the Massey Apartment public housing complex. This program offers both the lifeskills training for the kids and the Parent-to-Parent curriculum for the adults. The expected accomplishments of this program are to provide an accessible program to youth from kindergarten through the 5th grade, expose youth to positive role models through tutors and speakers, create access for youth and family through contact with school personnel, improve school attendance, performance and reduced behavior infraction and involve parents whose children are enrolled. In addition, the program will use the curriculum Drug Prevention for Early Childhood for children in grades K-2 developed by the Department of Education.

Project Coordinator: David Turpin, SouthLight, Inc. 3117 Poplarwood Court, Suite 326, Raleigh, NC 27604, Phone: 919-787-6131, Funded: $1,300.

Wake County, Going Places, 2001-2002

Wake County, Going Places, a project of SouthLight Prevention Services, offers two programs to aid youth in building character, developing confidence, and acquiring the necessary skills to make healthy decisions. The In My House curriculum is an innovative, interactive prevention program created to reduce high-risk behavior among elementary and middle school aged youth. Students use their own experiences, thoughts and feelings through "interactive journaling" and group discussions as a foundation for making positive choices and changes in their lives. It establishes healthy beliefs and a clear standard of behavior and discipline, encouraging students to take responsibility for their own futures. The other curriculum, Successful Parenting, is a monthly series of workshops for parents focusing building a child's self-esteem, improving communication, behavior management and single parenting.

Project Coordinator: David Turpin, SouthLight, Inc., 3117 Poplarwood Court, Suite 326, Raleigh, NC 27604, Phone: 919-787-6131, Funded: $1,800.

Wake County, Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, 2000-2001

Wake County, Betty Shabazz Delta Academy is an educational mentoring program provided by the alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Twenty-five African-American girls, ages 11-14, will engage in eight, four-hour Saturday sessions designed to enhance their present view of being a young black woman. Chapter members will serve as mentors and positive role models to help them realize their internal power to shape their futures.

Project Coordinator: Deborah Farmer, Educational Development Chairperson Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. P.O. Box 1359, Knightdale, NC 27545, Phone: 252-985-3882 Funded: $1,500

Wake County, Omega CHAMPS Youth Mentoring Program, 1999-2000

Wake County, Omega CHAMPS Youth Mentoring Program, matches sturdy, caring African-American male adults with African-American male students ages 8-14 year old. The program provides the students with an opportunity to participate in a martial arts program that reinforces leadership and discipline.

Project Coordinator: G. Ray Chance, Omega C.H.A.M.P.S. Youth Mentoring Program PO Box 14112, Raleigh, NC 27620, Phone: (919) 743-5433

Watauga County, Teen Power, 1999-2000

Watauga County, Teen Power, trains after-school providers and other youth service providers in using a life skills curriculum specifically designed to target youth males who are considered at risk.

Project Coordinator: Ms. Karee Teague, Watauga County Healthy Carolinians, Watauga Medical Center PO Box 2600, Boone, NC 28607, Phone: (828) 264-0860

Wilson County, I'm Special, 2000-2001

Wilson County, I'm Special, is a science-based prevention program for third and fourth graders in public housing communities in Wilson. Wilson Families in Action is partnering with Wilson-Greene Mental Health and the Wilson Housing Authority to provide this programming. Trained community leaders will work with 20 students from four housing communities to complete the 8-10 session program.

Project Coordinator: Phil Mooring, Wilson Families in Action, Inc. PO Box 3553, Wilson, NC 27895-3553, Phone: 252-237-1242, Funded: $2,000