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.
These skills are taught in a six-session series titled: Addiction, Feelings, Problem Solving, Treatment and Recovery, Safe People, and Coping. 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.
Juvenile Education Groups (JEG)
Juvenile Education Groups are for individuals 18 and under who have an alcohol or drug related offense. They are referred to the group by Juvenile Probation Officers or SATUCI counselors. SATUCI Prevention staff conducts the groups at SATUCI’s Marshalltown office. Click here for more information.
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. For more information, click here.
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 a bike/walk event every year to celebrate those in recovery. For more information, please contact Molly Holl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alcohol has been identified as the number one drug of choice among Iowa youth, and according to local youth, one of the easiest substances to obtain. The Sticker Shock campaign goal is to raise awareness to adults knowingly or unknowingly providing alcohol to minors. The youth and SATUCI Youth Partners adults who participate place stickers on multi-packs of alcohol sold in convenience stores, grocery stores and other locations. These stickers display a message that says providing to alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 is illegal. The stickers send a clear message to adult providers that buying alcohol to minors is not acceptable within the community.