The Tri-County Youth Reporting Center, along with the Boone County Stop Watch Coalition has started the implementation of the “Preventative Measures Program” in three local schools.
The program was established to assist students in coping with various issues such as bullying, depression, substance abuse and more, according to Michele Bowles with Regional Family Resource Network.
“The program’s targeted population is ‘at risk youth’ who are referred by the school administration,” Bowles said in a press release. “It includes weekly groups that are led by the counselors of the Tri-County Youth Reporting Center and members of the Stop Watch Coalition.”
Bowles said the groups are evidence based and model programs such as “Too Good for Drugs,” “Keep a Clear Mind,” and “Creating Lasting Family Connections.”
“The topics covered in the groups include substance abuse prevention, smoking and tobacco prevention and bullying prevention, as well as anger management, decision making, self-esteem and goal setting,” she said. “Preventative Measurers is currently being implemented at Sherman Middle and Madison Middle in Boone County and Man Middle School in Logan County.”
Preventative Measurers Program Coordinator Scott Caldwell describes the program as “an opportunity for early intervention in a student’s life, before problems and stressors become too much to handle.”
“We make available an opportunity for skills development in problem areas and try to improve outlook and decision making abilities,” he said. “These skills can help these students become more responsible and independent as they grow older.”
The program was established because of a desire to intercede in the lives of “at risk” students before they started down the wrong path, Caldwell added.
“The Tri-County Youth Reporting Center will continue to partner with the Stop Watch Coalition on this project throughout the rest of the school year,” he said.
For additional information, please contact Caldwell at the Tri-County Youth Reporting Center at 304-369-8959.