What's your New Year's Resolution?

Dear HCC Member:
The Holiday season is over and the New Year brings much opportunity to improve our community. "What is your resolution?" Is a question we ask ourselves and a good question to start a conversation with a young person.

HCC would also like to bring a special awareness to National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and how it relates to underage drug and alcohol use.

This HCC January Newsletter has some really valuable resources, updates about what the coalition is working on, and articles for you to share with your circle of influence.

If you are new to HCC or just learning about the coalition, you can find us on Facebook @yourlife-yourchoicehcc or you can find more information on our website:  http://www.yourlife-yourchoice.com/ .
Thank you all for that you do in the community!
Teens: New Year, New You. How To Make Resolutions For 2020 that work.
The Internet and social media bombard adolescents with recommendations to be their “best selves” for 2020.
Teen Vogue  suggests adolescents “can improve fitness.” A Huffington Post teen blog lists “read more books.” And the quirky website liveabout.com has a list of  nebulous goals , such as get healthy, get happier and be a better person.
Those miss the mark. Read More
January Is National Human Trafficiking Prevention Month
Human Trafficking and Drugs
by NIDA for Teens - Drug & Health Blog

“Human trafficking” is the subject of a new Government initiative that aims to increase awareness of the problem and how disasters (like floods and earthquakes) can increase the risks for it. We’re mentioning human trafficking on the Drugs & Health Blog because it’s an important issue that’s connected to drug trafficking.  Read more
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations. Read more

HCC Committee Updates

Media and Marketing Committee - Committee met on January 13th. For discussion at the next HCC meeting: monthly awareness campaign initiatives, webinars, and starting an HCC blog.
Assessment Committee -   Next meeting scheduled for January 23rd. Current topics of discussion are a community/online survey and data analysis of activities.  
Events Committee - No meeting currently scheduled. The anticipated first events to plan are for Prom/Graduation and the annual video contest.
Strategic Planning Committee -    No meetings scheduled at this time.   
Youth Advisory Committee - No further updates at this time.

Next meeting is Thursday February 13th!
The Ellicottville BOCES Center 

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