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March 30, 2012

Thinking About Alcohol Awareness Month

Filed under: Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 10:46 am

     Recently I was sitting in a hallway at Searsport Elementary School participating in their Health and Wellness Fair and trying to engage with parents about helping their kids stay alcohol and drug free. Several parents said something like “I’m glad I don’t have teenagers yet!” Unfortunately, they had not reviewed the results from the latest version of the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS);  I have. I shared with them that when asked about their first use of alcohol, “other than a few sips”, 37% of Waldo County middle school students said that happened before age 11. So as I watched these often quite tiny 4th and 5th graders walk by I had to agree that, like their parents, I was surprised that they would have access to alcohol and the interest to try.  I shouldn’t be. I know the data and I have talked with focus groups of young people. I remember that one 10th grader said that “you know by the time you are in like second grade whether you are the kind of kid who will smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol”.

His peers agreed with that. Parents – is your kid that “kind of kid”?

       In the same MIYHS survey, 27% of Waldo County middle school students reported using marijuana before age 11.

        It is important to recognize that some children early on form the intention of “using” and wait for an opportunity to try. Parents are the greatest protective force to help their children stay alcohol and drug free. Many parental  heartaches can be relieved when parents commit  to protecting  their child from this early drug experience. Whether you believe or not the idea of what may be a gateway drug, when I have spoken with those therapists who treat adult addicts, and interviewed jail inmates about their drug use, it is nearly guaranteed that early use of substances (including tobacco)  is a pathway to addiction. Research shows that youth who begin drinking alcohol prior to age 15 are 4 times more likely to develop an adult substance use disorder. The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as an “adolescent developmental disorder” recognizing this pathway.

        The Partnership At Drugfree.Org has recently released a guide for parents citing research-supported parenting practices that will help parents help their kids stay drug and alcohol free.

  1.  Build a warm and supportive relationship with your child
  2. Be a good role-model when it comes to drinking, taking medicine and handling stress
  3. Know your child’s risk-level
  4. Know your child’s friends
  5. Monitor, supervise and set boundaries
  6. Have ongoing conversations and provide information about drugs and alcohol. (note – not a one time or one way talk)

The full guide and a lot more information can be found at www.drugfree.org

       Parents can also consider enrolling in a course planned to begin April 24th at the Morse School in Brooks. Active Parenting Now focuses on parents of children aged 5 to 12. Call me at 338-2200 ext 109 for more information. The RSU 3 District will be holding a Community Forum on Underage Drinking and other drug use on Wednesday April 25th; call 948-6136 x6811 for more information.

Patrick Walsh
Healthy Waldo County
Broadreach Family & Community Services
338-2200 ext 109

March 23, 2012

March 31st: Party Progressively – Two Parties, Once Price

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 4:50 pm

Youthlinks’ third annual I Pity The Fool fundraising dance is gearing up to be the most awesome yet.  Hot Pink Flannel is teaming up with Youthlinks to create a two stop progressive party.  On March 31st start your night at 7:00 pm Yvette Torres Fine Art on Winter Street in Rockland for great music and ‘80s fun.  The Nikki Hunt Band is back with ‘80s tunes and her lighted hula- hoops.  There will be contests and great prizes, so dress for success.  We’ll even provide a moustache making station to get you ready for stop number 2:  Hot Pink Flannel’s ‘Stashe Bash at Amalfi on the Water.  Your $10 I Pity the Fool admission fee goes to support the free after-school of Youthlinks and includes admission to the ‘Stashe Bash!  To sweeten the deal, Hot Pink Flannel will be raffling off a ‘Stashe Bashket at the ‘Stashe Bash and the only way to enter is with your I Pity the Fool ticket.

Not convinced that the ‘80s and mustaches go together?  Just think Hulk Hogan, Magnum P.I. or Mr. Belvedere.  Got it?

I Pity the Fool is sponsored by Café Miranda, Yvette Torres Fine Art, RHEAL Day Spa, Hot Pink Flannel and Machias Savings Bank.  Raffle and contest prizes have been generously donated by many local businesses.  See the complete list at  http://youthlinksonline.org/events.htm#sponsors.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling Youthlinks at 594-2221.
For more information find us on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/groups/ipitythefool/.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides youth with community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.

March 14, 2012

Date set for 2nd annual Run-A-Hound 5k to benefit Youthlinks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 1:46 pm

By Scott Browning

 

Youthlinks invites runners and walkers, big dogs and little dogs, adults and kids to the second annual Run-A-Hound 5k.

 The Run-A-Hound 5k race will start and finish at Youthlinks, located at 420 Broadway in Rockland, on Saturday, April 14th at 9:30am. Participants are asked to park at OHS-East. There will be door prizes, complimentary snacks for all participants, as well as awards for top runner and dog pair and top runner. Registration fees are $10 for Adults with a dog, $15 for Adults without a dog, and $8 for Students with or without a dog. Pre-Registration is greatly appreciated and is available on active.com or by stopping the Youthlinks office.

Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services, serves over 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through free after-school programs and summer camp. Many of the programs include service-learning and animals. The 5k is modeled on one of Youthlinks’ popular service programs, Run-A-Hound, in which high school students volunteer with local animal shelters by taking dogs out for a run to exercise and train them.  All proceeds from the race will support Youthlinks after-school programs.

Event and prize sponsors are being sought.  Businesses wishing to participate can contact Scott Browning at Youthlinks 207-594-2221 or email sbrowning@brmaine.org.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides youth with community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities.

 Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.

March 9, 2012

The Mid-Coast Mom Prom for Moms and those who Mother

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 9:58 am

The Mid-Coast Mom Prom for Moms and those who Mother will be held: Saturday, May 12th from 7:30 to 11:30 at the Captain A. V. Nickels Inn in Searsport Maine. The $30 tickets include some beverages, a corsage, and heavy h’orderves.

The proceeds will benefit Broadreach Family & Community Services. All you moms who sent those little ones off to their day cares and four year old programs, here is your chance to say thanks and have a fun night out.

There will be a  DJ, Cash Bar, and prom pictures. We will crown a prom queen and have a super tacky dress contest. It is sure to be a super time for a super cause! Come join us for this ladies’ night out for charity. We need you!

For Tickets

  • Call Sandy Billington at 594-8474 Ext 301
  • for credit card sales Mail a Check to Broadreach, 5 Stephenson Lane ,Belfast, Maine 04915
  • OR pay though PayPal at http://broadreachmaine.org/momprom