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FOCUS promotes school and community partnerships for the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other adolescent risk behaviors. The program is based on a student led approach and seeks to promote youth involvement in the planning of prevention activities. 
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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®  (NDAFW) is coming January 22-27, 2019. NDAFW is a national health observance linking teens to science-based facts to  SHATTER THE MYTHS®  about drugs! Your participation truly matters and has helped them grow.  Register  your event or promotional activity and we can help you  plan  it.  Let them know how it went so others can be inspired.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.

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2019 Difference Maker
 
You are able to nominate your FOCUS Facilitator as a 2019 Difference Maker! The Facilitator chosen as the "Difference Maker" will receive a $1,000 cash to be used however they choose. The "Difference Maker" will be chosen based on their school's activities, their level of involvement with FOCUS, and the creation of successful prevention activities and events.
 
In order to be considered for the Difference Maker Contest your Facilitator must be nominated by April 15, 2019.
 
Eligibility Requirements:
  1. The FOCUS Facilitator must be nominated using the Difference Maker form, which can be found on our website at www.thefocusprogram.com.
  2. The winner must be registered as a FOCUS Facilitator (register at www.thefocusprogram.com/registration).
 
Judging Criteria:
  1. The school's FOCUS activities that were led by the Facilitator.
  2. The Facilitators level of involvement with FOCUS throughout the year.  
  3. The Facilitator has demonstrated dedication and commitment to creating successful prevention activities and events.
 
Winner Will Receive:
  1. The selected Difference Maker will receive $1,000 cash to be used however they choose.
 

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5th Annual Alabama Human Trafficking Summit

The Alabama Human Trafficking Summit is Friday, February 8, 2019 from 9 AM - 4:45 PM at Embassy Suites Montgomery.

Regular Registration is $75 per person and includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon snack, & materials.

Student Registration is $45 per person and includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon snack, & materials.

Hotel accommodations are available at Embassy Suites Montgomery.  Call 334-269-5055 & use Group Code AHT for special rate. Offer ends January 19, 2019.

Questions? Call Pat McCay at 256-653-8527 or email enditalabama@gmail.com

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Help us welcome Brittney Brooks to FOCUS! 



We are pleased to introduce Brittney Brooks as FOCUS' new  Assistant Director of Northern Division!

Brittney attained her Bachelor and Master's degree in Health Studies and from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Brittney holds a professional certification through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). She is currently a doctoral student at UAB in the Health Education and Promotion program. Brittney is also an adjunct instructor for UAB where she teaches an undergraduate level personal health class. Brittney has seven years professional experience as a Health Educator in the field of adolescent sexuality. She has worked with youth ages 12-24, facilitating education session in the classroom and community setting. Her goal is to educate and empower adolescents and young adults to make healthy decisions!

To learn more about Brittney please visit the Staff page on our website. You can also contact Brittney directly at  bbrooks@thefocusprogram.com.
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Alabama State Department of Education

The Alabama State Department of Education offers an excellent resource for Prevention and Support Services! To learn more of these resources please click here to visit their website
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5 Meaningful Community Service Ideas for Students

Community service for teens is becoming a graduation requirement in most high schools. Here's how to make that volunteer time really mean something to your child. By Sandra "Sam" Trapani


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END HEROIN BIRMINGHAM

You are invited to come out, bring friends and family, and be a part of a movement! Heroin and other addictive drugs have ravaged our community in Birmingham and across the country. It is time to stand together and fight back!

Meet at Railroad Park to walk for those we have lost, for those in recovery and for those who have yet to find recovery. Walk to raise awareness to the substance abuse epidemic we are facing. This is not just about drugs and alcohol... this is about our future!


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Plan NOW for the 2019 FOCUS Rally! 

Tuesday, September 10
in Talladega at the Bryant Conference Center

Wednesday, September 18
in Tucaloosa at the Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center

Due to increase in costs, registration fees will increase 
to $30 per person for the 2019 Rally.


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January 

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The Facilitator Training Videos are live on our website!! 
You can view these videos on the Facilitator page at www.focusprogram.com.

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by using the hashtag #ALABAMAFOCUS!

The FOCUS eNewsletter provides links to articles and websites with information on current events, research, funding opportunities and other items related to theprevention of HIV/AIDS and other adolescent risk behaviors. The inclusion of this information does not imply endorsement by FOCUS and the opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the official position, policies or views of FOCUS.