Not a day goes by without an article, tweet, or news outlet discussing the opioid or vaping epidemics or sharing information about the resulting tragedy and heartache that goes with it. And, addiction is evident in all communities -- there are no exceptions, just different forms of denial.
If we are to get in front of this and other epidemics, we need to focus on proven prevention efforts to get ahead of the continuing cycle.
Did you know that the Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC) and its Youth Action Board (YAB) are in the forefront of addressing and preventing these and other issues in our community with a focus on youth?
By focusing on prevention, health & wellness, BBCC and the YAB take a research-driven, evidenced-based approach with their programs and activities focused on youth and the adults who support our young people.
BBCC and the YAB ..
- Conducted our bi-annual Youth Substance Abuse and Mental Health Survey of over 5,000 8th-12th graders in our community. The survey revealed an increase in youth vaping as well as youth feeling stressed and anxious.
- Facilitated the Strengthening Families Program For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP). Parents want to protect their children, but it's challenging. Youth need skills to help them resist the peer pressure that leads to risky behaviors. Almost 50 people ~ 16 families participated, each one gaining positive skills and knowledge to strengthen the foundation of their family!
- Brought CHOICES 2018 including live court, young people in recovery speakers, AND added more experiential components such as the drugged/distracted driving simulators, drunk goggles, and the "One Night of Indulgence" Jeopardy-type game to over 100 high school students and 40+ adults!
- Provided up-to-date facts, information and resources on the vaping epidemic sweeping across our community and the nation by serving as a single-point resource to our schools, families and media outlets.
Prevention efforts are needed now more than ever and we simply cannot do this work without your financial support. It truly takes a village to raise our children.
BBCC and the YAB's service area includes those who live, work, play, and worship in the municipalities of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Village of Franklin, Village of Beverly Hills, Village of Bingham Farms, as well as portions of Orchard Lake, Southfield, Troy, and West Bloomfield.
Please note: All funds raised go directly to BBCC and the Youth Action Board's programs and services.