The role of a Youth Services Committee is to identify the greatest potential threats to children and youth and avert or lessen these dangers; and to encourage the availability of facilities and services for these young people. There are a wide variety of issues that may be addressed by this committee. Identify those areas that are a priority for your school community by surveying parents, students, talking with counselors, teachers and administrators, and reviewing your school's improvement plan.
Youth Services Resources
Time to Talk: Mental Health - A guide for parents of adolescents and teens
Time to Talk: Mental Health - A guide for adolescents and teens
Red Ribbon Week Program Ideas - Red Ribbon Week October 26 – 30. Its purpose is to present a visible commitment to living a safe, healthy and drug-free life and to create awareness concerning the problems related to the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. This is a vitally important message to share with students; appropriate activities can be planned for all ages.
Find more about the Red Ribbon Week purpose and ideas here. Also, click here for more ideas from local high schools and middle schools for Red Ribbon Week. Please consider Monique Guilford, the ECCC PTA Red Ribbon Week Specialist, as a resource when planning your school’s Red Ribbon Week events. See this Red Ribbon introduction letter from Monique and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consequences of Crime:
The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office partners with the ECCC PTA to provide the “Consequences of Crime” program. This educational program was developed by past ECCC PTA President Margie Hatfield in 1980 and targets students currently enrolled in 5th through 12th grade. It is designed to help students understand the real life consequences that can result from poor choices. The Sheriff’s Office recognizes the inherent differences of students in this wide grade span and presents an age/grade appropriate program. While the educational focus has remained a constant over the program's history, the content and style of the program is often evaluated to maintain relevancy while at the same time capturing the attention of students.
Additionally, here is the 2015-2016 Consequences of Crime Packet.
The “Consequences of Crime” program is loosely divided into 3 phases and lasts approximately 2 hours. The first phase consists of a brief overall view of the Cobb County Jail and the criminal justice system as a whole. Sheriff’s Office representatives explain and discuss the steps an arrested individual faces beginning with the initial jail book-in, the movement of a case through the court system, and the subsequent outcome be it probation or imprisonment. Students learn the technical meaning of terms such as bond, pre trial, probation and conviction. The second phase provides an eye-opening view of daily jail life. Students no longer tour the current jail housing area, but have a chance to see a jail facility dating back to the 1940’s which has not housed inmates in recent years, but shares the realistic conditions of jail confinement. Much of this phase is presented in a boot camp style format which serves to shock students and hold their attention.
The third phase facilitates a dialogue between students and carefully selected male and female inmate workers. Sheriff’s Office representatives are always present during this time. This unscripted question and answer session encourages student participation and allows each inmate to relate their personal story and detail factors which led to their incarceration. The interaction with inmates reinforces the educational message Sheriff’s Office representatives present in “Consequences of Crime”.
The underlying message to students throughout the program is to focus on making good choices and decisions and how a single bad choice or series of bad choices can potentially affect the rest of one’s life. Research indicates drugs and/or alcohol is the leading factor in the incarceration of 2 out of 3 individuals. Further, nearly half of all individuals incarcerated do not have a high school diploma. These national statistics are generally consistent with the Cobb County Jail population as well. Therefore, Sheriff’s Office representatives reiterate the importance of staying in school, choosing friends wisely and maintaining a life free from the influence of alcohol or drugs throughout the 2 hour program.
Read this moving article from a Walton student who experienced the Consequences of Crime program.
Click here for more information: Consequences of Crime Intro.
Cobb Alcohol TaskForce - The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce is an alliance of individuals and organizations which mobilizes and challenges Cobb County adults to reduce underage and youth binge drinking by advancing strategic enforcement, policy and education goals. There are many opportunities for parent and youth involvement, as well as resources, research and tips. Read about the new Social Host Ordinance Law that was passed in 2012.
No Place for Hate (NPFH): No Place for Hate® is an initiative of the Anti-Defamation League offered free to schools. The initiative is designed to rally the entire school around the goal of creating a welcoming community committed to stopping all forms of bias and bullying. No Place For Hate® provides a unique framework to incorporate new and existing programs with one consistent message. No Place For Hate® can help your school foster a culture of respect and create a safe, bully-free learning environment for students at all grade levels. NPFH Intent Form
Special Services Resources:
Cobb County School District Family Resource Database: Families have been greatly impacted by the current economic crisis. There are many services available to assist Cobb County families through these difficult times. Caretakers can search the database by service type, agency name or zip code.
See the Georgia PTA webpage for Special Services to stay abreast of important events and resources.
Parent 2 Parent of GA provides free training sessions and webinars for schools and families in addition to a network of resources.
Parent 2 Parent of GA also has parent mentors that are willing to talk to parents and teachers.
Impact ADHD: Offer free teleclasses for coaching on parenting ADHD children.
Kids Enabled offers the KEYS program to schools—Can provide speakers for classroom or teacher in-service presentations on a variety of topics related to Learning Disabled students.
East Cobb parents of ADHD students can receive education and support through the East Cobb Satellite of CHADD:
Studio Movie Grill - offers screenings for special needs children. Children and their siblings are free; all other tickets are $5. Saturdays @ 11:00 am.
Bullying Pamphlets created by CCSD Prevention Intervention Center