Tykes & Teens Prevention Services is committed to reducing underage drinking and other unhealthy and risk related behaviors among Martin County youth, by raising community awareness and engaging citizens in fun, safe and healthy activities.
Prevention Services also runs a Suspension Prevention program in Martin County middles schools designed to turn at risk youth into Positive Action Leaders, using a research proven curriculum. Based on our successful ALTOSS (Alternative to Out of School Suspension) program, Suspension Prevention was developed as a collaboration between Tykes & Teens and Martin County School personnel to identify youth at risk of suspension and provide them with opportunity to gain insight into negative behaviors through support activities and interventions. The program also seeks to provide at risk youth with an additional positive adult mentor.
To learn more about the Alcohol Literacy Challenge curriculum in Martin County middle schools, please download our power point presentation below:
- Remove motivation to use alcohol by altering expectations of alcohol and correcting erroneous beliefs about the effects of alcohol, thereby decreasing positive expectations from alcohol use and increasing negative expectations for middle and high school youth.
- Utilize innovative research obtained from social experiments to reduce drinking. This research is designed to help youth understand that alcohol and or drugs are not necessary for a positive experience.
- Educate youth about facts related to alcohol use.
- Reduce stigma associated with receiving support when there is concern of alcohol use, and encourage youth to seek guidance for themselves or others if there is concern.
- Reduce the quantity of alcohol use among high school and college individuals by teaching the true effects of alcohol on the body vs. the psychological expectations.
- Increase positive peer pressure among students via contests to develop Public Service Announcements, posters, and other media, that encourage positive behaviors and deter drug and alcohol use. Submissions will be shared on social media and web pages.
- Highlight examples of youth in the community engaged in positive acts through activities such as the Positive Ticketing program with all Martin County law enforcement.
- Empower high school youth and develop leadership skills by engaging them in creating prevention events as well as participating in peer to peer mentoring programs.
Prevention Services seeks to increase involvement of parents in the prevention process through outreach and events that include Parenting workshops such as Mapping the Middle and Asset Building, and initiatives like the Family Day campaign, which encourages families to share meals together as a vehicle for communicating about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and improving overall family communication.
Prevention Services seeks to increase access to positive and healthy replacement activities for youth, such as yoga, art, and fitness activities.