SAFE Community Newsletter: February 2021
Thank you for taking the time to read about Prevention-related information and events in our area! Please help us spread the word about these important topics.
Northland Prevention Conference
The Northland Prevention Conference will be held virtually on March 5th. Registration is open! We encourage you to attend! SAFE covers all costs for those who live or work in Excelsior. You can use the code SAFE2021 to register.This conference is hosted by the Northland Coalition and will include a variety of presentations about prevention and mental health from nationally-known speakers. Hope you'll join us!
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Thank you to all who have attended a Youth Mental Health First Aid class in the past. This is an excellent class to arm our community with the skills needed to help youth experiencing a mental health challenge, until they can get help from a professional. There will be another virtual YMHFA class from 9:00-3:00 on March 17th. All are welcome to attend. Sign up for this free class here by March 3rd.
This Is Quitting
SAFE is collaborating with other regional DFCs on a youth vaping cessation campaign. This is Quitting is a national text-based quit tool by the Truth Initiative and we have our own regional keyword to track regional quit data. If you know youth who want to quit vaping, have them text BREAKFREE to 88709! We need your help to get the word out to youth and the community. We have posters, fliers, and palm cards that you can share! Email us at safedfc@gmail.com if you'd like some materials delivered to your organization or download a printable flier here.
Big Brothers Big Sisters KC
SAFE is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters KC to bring more Big/Little Matches to Excelsior Springs. There will be an info session for anyone interested in learning more about being a Big on Wednesday, March 24th. Go here to sign up and view/share the Facebook event here. Please help us get the word out about this info session! Here is a general flier to download/distribute. Learn more at www.bbbskc.org
Youth Connections
We're excited to announce that a new edition of Youth Connections magazine will be coming out in March! Keep an eye out in your mailbox and around town for this prevention-based magazine for parents and caregivers. You might even see some familiar faces inside!
Community Champion Award
Congratulations to Christen Everett, Principal of ES High School, for winning last month's Community Champion Award. The Asset of the Month was "Positive Adult Relationships". The Community Champion Award is based on the 40 Developmental Assets that help youth to be successful. See more about the Community Champion Award and/or nominate someone here!
Pandemic-Related Mental Health Help
If you are feeling the stress and emotional strain of the pandemic, Show-Me Hope has resources to help! Tri-County Mental Health Services and Show-Me Hope will be delivering stress management resources and resource referrals to citizens feeling the stress and emotional strain caused by COVID-19. Here's more info about Show-Me Hope. They also have a helpful series of Youtube videos here.
Meaningful Meals
How are meal times going in your house this year? Has your family had to adapt to new school and work schedules, making it harder to fit in meal time together? Or has your family had more at-home meals than ever? No matter what situation your family finds itself in right now, don’t forget the importance of sharing meals together. Having meals together is a relatively low time commitment that can lead to great long-term benefits for your children and your family. The Parent Up Campaign, a local campaign aimed at supporting and equipping parents to raise safe, healthy and drug free youth, has compiled a fantastic webpage full of suggestions for increasing the frequency and quality of family meals. Check it out here.
SAFE Survey 2021
SAFE receives funding from the Drug Free Communities Grant Program and we will be re-applying for funding in March 2021. Can you help us by filling out a brief survey about youth substance use?