Current prEvents; a new monthly prevention column in the Times Argus for parents, policy makers, community members
Central Vermont New Directions Coalition is producing Current prEvents, in collaboration with The Washington County Youth Service Bureau, as part of the Partnership for Success (PFS) grant with the Vermont Department of Health. It is written by representatives of area nonprofits and organizations aimed at better serving our young people across Washington County. Topics will cover a variety of current prevention issues including Tobacco, Alcohol, Marijuana, Opiates, Heroin, Other drugs, Social Hosting, Law Enforcement, The Role of Schools, Health and Wellness, Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. The column will give a brief overview, focus on a message and offer advice on how best to start the discussion. Current prEvents will appear the third Monday of each month in the local section. We hope you find the information valuable to ongoing discussions you have at home.
By ANN GILBERT December 15, 2014
Our kids live in a different world than the one we grew up in. Youth deal with family, technology, media, school, friends, romance, jobs, changing bodies, self-esteem, money, and more. They are trying to figure out who they are, who they will become, and how to live. They also have many opportunities and choices in their lives. How do we prepare our kids for a world that neither they nor we can predict? By focusing on skills rather than rules. By cultivating healthy habits that don’t allow space for unhealthy behaviors. This is the time to promote healthy activities and equip our youth with tools to make good decisions, including the prevention of use and abuse of substances. How do we create a culture where our young people choose not to use substances that ultimately bring harm and despair not just to themselves but also to their friends and families? How can we stop something before it starts?