December 2021
AC4C Monthly Roundtable
Spotlight on Siouxland CARES Coalition!

Siouxland CARES is a community coalition in the tri-state Sioux City area, which is comprised of 370 volunteers and three staff members. Our vision is to empower our community members to help make Siouxland a safe and healthy place for our youth. We are working to improve our community by helping young people to make healthy choices about substances by strengthening protective factors and reducing risk factors.

One protective factor we aim to bolster is "rewarding prosocial community involvement." We address this through coordinating volunteer opportunities for our elementary, middle school, and high school youth participants. So far in 2021, Mayor's Youth Commission and Young Ambassador members have contributed around 2,500 hours of volunteer work in the community. During our annual survey of youth participants, many students expressed enjoyment around volunteering: "I'll remember how I made a positive impact in the community which then contributed to making myself feel better about the impact left." 

Another protective factor we work to enhance is encouraging young people to have "healthy beliefs and clear standards." We fund and oversee the BASICS program at Western Iowa Tech Community College and Briar Cliff University. This program provides personalized feedback based on an online program called eCheckup To Go. Students who receive alcohol citations on both campuses use the results of their eCheckup to Go while receiving BASICS motivational interviewing sessions with campus counselors. The combination of the online program and counseling sessions help these college students to identify their personal health standards and impact their perception of substance misuse.
 
We have also aimed to enhance having "healthy beliefs and clear standards," by providing educational programming about substances, mental health, and bullying during community presentations. One parent attendee shared, “I'm so glad my husband and I were able to sit down with our son and listen to this. We had questions for him and he also had questions for us. Great family conversations.”
 
Along with the above-mentioned programs, Siouxland CARES has been busy with the following activities: we added a Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee, held monthly Advisory Board meetings for local professionals and concerned citizens, continued the BeSomebody media campaign, implemented alcohol and tobacco/vape compliance checks, disseminated youth and parents surveys, and facilitated the community data collection for the local Source For Siouxland Initiative.
 
Anyone with questions about the efforts of Siouxland CARES is more than welcome to reach out to Executive Director Rachel Lundgren at SiouxlandCaresDirector@gmail.com .

Thank you for all the work you do and have a wonderful holiday season!

(Thank you, Rachel Lundgren, for telling us about Siouxland CARES!)
Mark Your Calendars!
Upcoming Retreats and Events: 
 
  • March 22 & 23, 2022
  • June 28 & 29, 2022
  • Sept. 14 & 15, 2022
(Registration is open for all of these retreats at MCTC's Course Calendar HERE. Details for the March retreat will come out in early 2022.)
AC4C
Day on the Hill
February 24, 2022
See the agenda for the day below! The updated Day on the Hill toolkit will be coming out in January!
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AC4C Youth Substance Use Prevention
Day on the Hill-
February 24, 2022

"It's Not a War on Drugs, It's a Defense of our Mental Health"

Agenda for the Day:
 
10:00 – Arrive at Jessie Parker building

10:15-11:30 – Youth training and pizza

11:30-11:45 – Go to the Capitol, go through security and be ready for the press conference in the 1st Floor Rotunda – East/North Wing
 
11:45-Noon – Meet in the 1st Floor Rotunda – East/North Wing

Noon-12:30 – Press Conference

Speakers include:
-Prevention Specialist talking about theme
-Parent who lost daughter to overdose
-Outstanding America Miss Iowa Teen
-School Principal
-NAMI Iowa
-Law Enforcement
Invite your legislators to the press conference!

12:30 - ? Meet with your legislators and experience the Capitol until you need to head home



AC4C is still seeking a
Youth Coordinator!

AC4C has a 10 hour/week paid Youth Coordinator position open immediately. This position will work with the AC4C Youth as well as other related AC4C work in the Drug Free Community grant action plan. Please see the job description HERE. If you know of anyone who would be a good fit for this position, please encourage them to send their resume to Jennifer Husmann or Lorelle Mueting, AC4C Board President,  Also, if you have any questions about the position, feel free to ask either person above.

AC4C Prevention Conference 2021 was a Success!
VISION:

Connected Communities.
Effective Coalitions. 
Healthy Iowans. 

 MISSION:

Unifying Iowans to reduce youth substance misuse
on a state
and community level.
Join an Action Team or Work Group session every month!

Access the action team meetings on Mondays. Login information here
 
Other Substances Action Team
Next meeting- January 3 @ 9:30
Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- January 10 @ 9:30
Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- December 20 @ 9:30
(January's may be cancelled due to MLK Day January 17.)

Alcohol Action Team
Next meetings- December 27 @ 9:30
(We will have this meeting for those of you who are working between the holidays.) and January 28, 2022 @ 9:30
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Policy Work Group
 
Chair:  
Co-Chair: 
4th Wednesday at 2:00 pm

Meeting information can be found here
Click here for meeting minutes

Purpose: To collaborate with the community and statewide entities to advocate and educate on substance abuse legislation, policies, and related issues.
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Marketing and Communications Work Group (currently meeting with Capacity Work group)

Seeking a new Chair. Let Jennifer or an AC4C Board Member know if you are interested.

Purpose: To build skills and provide resources to members of AC4C 
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Capacity Work Group (currently meeting with Marketing & Communications Group)

Chair:
3rd Monday at 2:00 pm

Click here for meeting minutes

Purpose: Create a network of professionals that have a diverse knowledge, experience and interest

2021 AC4C Board