SATUCI offers opportunities for youth and adults to conduct activities in their communities to create awareness about underage drinking and drug use. By increasing community awareness of actual problems, increasing classroom, parent and youth education opportunities, increasing parental awareness, communication and networking and increasing coordination of prevention services with law enforcement, communities can make a difference.
Here are Outreach and Education groups offered by SATUCI:
The Concerns Group is designed for students who have parents, caregivers, or other family members using substances and for students who are struggling with making good decisions. Students in this group learn about substance abuse and addiction in addition to many life skills including: social competence, problem solving, coping, autonomy and a sense of purpose and future. The overall goals of the program are to build strength and to foster resilience among children of addicted parents.
Each topic area includes activities for elementary, middle school and high school youth. Students are referred by counselors or teachers or students can request to be in the group. A member of the SATUCI prevention staff meets with the students in a group format once a week in the school. The curriculum used is evidence-based programming.
Parents Who Host
The Parents Who Host campaign is a public awareness initiative to educate parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol to teens and to increase awareness of and compliance with underage drinking laws. In Marshalltown, the campaign is mainly used during prom and graduation time.
Every September, Recovery Month is promoted to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues and celebrate the people who recover. SATUCI takes part in celebrating those in recovery. For more information, please contact SATUCI at (641) 752-5421.