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Drunk Vision

The youth at The Fulton Boys and Girls Club in Evansville used a pair of “drunk goggles” to try different activities and tasks to simulate how it is to be under the influence of alcohol.

Prevention: During the activity, peer LEADers discussed different ways of saying “no” and refusal skills to peer pressure about using alcohol.

World No Tobacco Day

The youth LEADers at The Boys & Girls Club in Huntington came together with younger members to create posters for ‘World No Tobacco Day’ to hang at local businesses.

Prevention: This mentoring activity gave older LEADers an opportunity to teach younger members facts about tobacco as well as how to provide information to the community.

Future LEADers

The youth LEADers at The Boys & Girls Club in Harrison County were paired up with a minimum of two younger youth. The pairings would play, hangout, do their homework and talk about LEAD initiatives. This went on for one month.

Prevention: The purpose of this activity was to help educate about LEAD initiatives such as Normative Education to and recruit future LEADers for the club to continue mentoring programs and activities for future members.  

Healthy Kids Day

The youth LEADers at The Boys & Girls Club in Huntington planned a healthy kis day at the club for Club Cadets aged 5-8. Each youth LEADer mentored three Club Cadets by completing three different activities with them.

Prevention: Youth LEADers completed normative education activity with Club Cadets about the dangers of smoking.  

Pressured Situations

The youth at The First Tee of Hammond came together in groups of two-three and discussed peer pressure as it relates to using alcohol and tobacco. The groups members discussed situations where they felt pressured to use alcohol or to smoke, and how they “got out of” that situation safely.

Prevention: Youth discussed and learned statistics about alcohol and tobacco use among teens through normative education. Youth were able to peer mentor one another by sharing refusal and resistance techniques.  

Mentor for a Month

At The Boys & Girls Club in Michigan City, each LEAD member chose a youth that they would mentor for the month, and each pair would do various activities with the youth.

Prevention: The LEAD member and youth pair gave members a chance to be a positive influence on their peers by encouraging a healthy lifestyle and avoiding making high risk and unhealthy choices.

Girl’s Time

The youth LEADers at the main Boys & Girls Club in Evansville hosted a special “Girl’s Time” event, but in order to participate, the girls’ participated in a LEAD activity about the impressions –vs- the realities of kids who choose to smoke and drink alcohol. The youth LEADers had the girls guess the amount of kids that they thought were smoking and/or drinking alcohol, and then showed the real numbers.

Prevention: Hosting a special “Girls Time” enabled youth LEADers to mentor this population at the club, and how to have a positive influence on your peers.

Homework Helpers

The youth LEADers at The Fulton Boys & Girls Club in Evansville were asked to help out with the homework assistance program. Youth LEADers assisted younger members with homework questions, as well as on the computers.

Prevention: After homework assistance was completed, LEADers held a movie night. Before movie nigh began, youth LEADers showed younger members statistics about kids at certain ages that drink alcohol and smoke. Members guessed first, and then were shown the real statistics.

Peer-2-Peer Collaboration

The youth at The Boys & Girls Club in Fort Wayne Torch and Keystone members participated in the Boys & Girls Afternoons ROCK program as peer LEADers. The peer LEADers helped with activities and set a good example of being committed to not being involved in risky behavior.

Prevention: Many of the younger club members look up to the youth, so it was an excellent opportunity for peer mentoring. This was an excellent way to provide Normative Education, Majority Rules, as well as Refusal & Resistance Skills.

Boys & Girls Club of Adams County – South Adams:

The LEADers held an "Open Talk", which gives their peers and opportunity to talk about personal struggles they are having, and as a group came up with some ways to cope with those struggles. The list of struggles and ways of coping included:

  • Friend Issues: be nicer to everyone to prevent issues; settle the issues with the friend instead of letting it go unaddressed
  • Divorce: talk about feelings with someone you trust (i.e. a friend, teacher); tell you parents how this is making you feel and how they can help you better cope with the divorce
  • School Work: get enough sleep; do your homework; get a tutor; talk to teachers

Prevention: The LEADers facilitated the conversation, addressing Risk Factors, and stressed how turning to Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) was not the answer.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington:

Teen Talk - Every Thursday the members divide into a group of all girls and a group of all boys.  The female groups are led by a female LEADer and the male groups are led by a male LEADer so they can feel comfortable discussing issues that are prevalent in their lives. A major issue is resisting ATOD.

Prevention: The teens focus on Refusal and Resistance skills.

Boys & Girls Club of Huntington:

LEADers helped younger kids make 'No Smoking' signs for the courthouse.

Prevention: After creating the signs, LEADers ran a session with younger kids on ways to say “no” to smoking.

Boys & Girls Clubs of NWI – Lake Station:

LEADers led a conversation with younger members about being respectful and having a positive influence. They promoted leadership to the youth and explained how they can make a difference no matter how big or small.

Prevention: How they can have a positive influence on their peers.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County – South Haven:

The LEADers performed a skit/play that had a "Thanksgiving" theme to their peers. The members acted out how if the Indians and Pilgrims knew about the dangers of smoking in the 1700s they would never have had shared smoking through the peace pipe.

Prevention: After the skit they were able to incorporate Normative Education messages and letting their peers know and understand that while it appears "everyone" is smoking, that is not true.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County – South Haven:

L.E.A.D. youth hosted a “Be Cool, Not a Fool” Mentoring Dance where they invited their peers to bring a buddy and be a role model.

Prevention: At the dance there were Majority Rules facts that were given out.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County – Valparaiso:

For the Great American Smoke Out! L.E.A.D members spent a month creating Drug Awareness board games. LEADers created two different board games that required them to do their own research, create their own rules, and create their own boards and questions. During the Great American Smoke Out! the LEADers played their games with their peers.

Prevention: LEADers researched questions about drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. LEADers then put the questions in their own words and wrote down the answers.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County – Valparaiso:

Good and Bad Consequences Bulletin Board. The LEADers gathered a group of 6- to 9-year-old members and mentored them about good and bad consequences. A couple of LEADers helped set up the background of the bulletin board with sayings such as "L.E.A.D." and "Good and Bad Consequences". Then they mentored the younger members, who wrote down one bad consequence and one good consequence on a half sheet of paper.  The LEADers then stapled their sheets of paper to the now finished bulletin board.

Prevention:  The LEADers were able to mentor and teach the younger members that there are good and bad consequences, Normative Education. Many younger members did not know there was such a thing as a good consequence. Now with the bulletin board they are reminded everyday that there are good and bad consequences and it is based solely on their actions.

Decatur County Family YMCA:

LEADers reached local elementary school students through their announcements by creating a song that addressed the dangers of ATOD.

Prevention: The song created by the LEADers highlighted Refusal and Resistance skills and incorporated Normative Education messages.

Girls Inc. of Franklin/Johnson County:

The L.E.A.D. youth helped the younger girls at Girls Inc. complete homework. The girls put on a skit that addressed making good choices and being friends.

Prevention: Placed a focus on Good vs. Bad Consequences and Refusal/Resistance Skills.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana – Jeffersonville:

The LEADers created a basketball tournament for the younger members. The L.E.A.D. youth served as coaches and each team had to create poster about the dangers of ATOD, including statistics. During half time LEADers read different statistics about tobacco and other drugs.

Prevention: Facts and statics about ATOD use were provided.

Lide White Memorial Boys & Girls Club:

L.E.A.D wanted to share knowledge about drinking during the holidays not only to their peers, but also to their parents. L.E.A.D members made drinking awareness flyers to hang up around the club so that members and their parents could see. The L.E.A.D members were excited to make their own flyers for all to see.

Prevention: On these flyers, the L.E.A.D members were writing about staying away from drinking during the holidays.

The Starke County Youth Club:

L.E.A.D. youth helped younger elementary students with homework. They assisted with reading and spelling, and sometimes they reviewed math facts with the students. During January, the students built game boards called "Mazes of Choices". They gave the game boards to students from their homework team help groups.

Prevention: They learned and discussed good choices, bad choices, and Refusal and Resistance skills.

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