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WE ARE REVERSING THE TRENDS!!! Locally we have seen a 23% increase in the number of 10th graders who have never been around other teens using alcohol in the past 11 years! April Newsletter What else do we know? 50% percent of our 12th graders and 63% 2010 percent of our 10th graders have not used alcohol in the past 30 days. Alcohol Awareness 62% of our area 12th graders and 76% percent of Safe Prom our 10th graders have reported that they did not Young Ambassador Program participate in binge drinking (more than 5 drinks at one time) in the past 30 days. Child Abuse Prevention 33% of the area 12th graders and 19% of the area Sexual Assault Awareness 10th graders have driven a car after using alcohol or other drugs in the past year. The survey reports that we have increased the WARNING SIGNS OF number of 10th graders who have never been ALCOHOL ABUSE around other teens using alcohol by 29% since 1999. Currently 45% report never having been If you answer "yes" to any of the following around other teens using alcohol. questions, you may have a problem with alcohol: Do you drink alone when you feel angry or sad? (Results taken from the Siouxland CARES Greater Sioux Does your drinking ever make you late for City Metro Area Youth Survey. In 2009 4,741 students work? in grades 6, 8, 10, & 12 from eight area school districts participated including Sioux City Public, Bishop Heelan, Does your drinking worry your family? Dakota Valley, South Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Do you ever drink after telling yourself you Lawton-Bronson, River Valley and Woodbury Central) won't? Do you ever forget what you did while drinking? Do you get headaches or have a hangover after THANK YOU drinking? Source: How to Cut Down on Your Drinking Special thanks to all of you who purchased tickets and assisted with our Reversing the Trends event, held on March 17th. We truly appreciate it. Thanks to the volunteer committee members Judy Burke, WE ARE REVERSING THE Laura Schiltz, Kevin Grieme, Sandy Nation, Dennis TRENDS!!! McGill and Mike McGowan. Special thanks to Mary Koster for working nights and weekends to The percentage of high school seniors who have make this a success. used alcohol in the past 30 days has decreased from 58% in 2002 to 47% in 2009. Our 2010 target is The preliminary report of Town Hall responses by 48% so we have reached that already. That’s an 176 persons states that more than twice as many of 11% decrease in the past 8 years. the respondents thought the problem of underage drinking was greater for high school students than WE ARE REVERSING THE TRENDS!!! for college students. Many respondents are more The percentage of high school seniors who have concerned about high school drinking than college participated in binge drinking (5 or more drinks at drinking, even though they believe underage college one time) has decreased from 44% in 2002 to 36% drinking behavior is more dangerous. Almost two in 2009. Our 2010 target is 36% so we have reached thirds of the respondents would keep the drinking that already. age at 21. o 46.3% felt high school drinking is a bigger them today. Log on to www.siouxlandcares.org and problem than college-age drinking. go to the Youth Services section to download an o 78.9% felt college students binge drink more application. than high school youth. o 85.5% felt college students had easier access What is the Young Ambassadors’ Program? to alcohol. Recognition program for young people who o 25% felt the drinking age should be under 21, display good character. 65.7% felt 21 is appropriate, and 9.3% felt it All nominated students will receive a free Young should be higher than 21. Ambassadors t-shirt, gifts from area businesses, and public recognition on October 18, 2010. SOURCE: TOWN HALL SURVEY 3/17/10 From the nominations, twelve students will be selected to be mentored by members of the HAVE A SAFE PROM! Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission and given additional recognition. Prom Dates 2010 April 10 Eligibility Woodbury Central Must be in 4th-7th grade during 2009-2010 school year. April 17 Must be enrolled in a Sioux City public or Dakota Valley parochial school, reside in Sioux City, but attend Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto-Mapleton a school outside of Sioux City, or be home schooled in Sioux City. April 24 Must be available for the recognition event on Bishop Heelan Lawton-Bronson Monday, October 18, 2010. Sergeant Bluff-Luton Westwood-Sloan Must include with this application form one Elk Point- Jefferson South Sioux City letter of recommendation explaining why the applicant should be a Sioux City Young May 1 Ambassador. The recommendation may be Sioux City North written by a teacher, family member, or anyone Sioux City West associated with the child who is aware of the River Valley child’s good character and service. May 8 Please send this application form and a letter of Sioux City East recommendation describing how the child demonstrates one of the six pillars of character (respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, MAKE MEMORIES…NOT HEADLINES… caring, citizenship) to: Sioux City Young Celebrate Drug-Free!! Ambassadors c/o Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission, P.O. Box 3763, Sioux City, Iowa 51102, by May 1, 2010. SIOUX CITY MAYOR’S YOUTH COMMISSION RESURRECTS THE Trustworthiness: Think it. Be it. Respect: Give it. Get it. YOUNG AMBASSADORS’ PROGRAM Responsibility: Take it. Teach It. Fairness: Share it. Practice it. The Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission will Caring: Show it. Receive it. now coordinate the Young Ambassadors’ program, Citizenship: Have it. Honor it. in cooperation with Siouxland CARES. Do you know of a young person in grades 4-7 that has good www.charactercounts.org or character and should be recognized? Nominate www.charactercountsiniowa.org APRIL IS SEXUAL ASSAULT AND Monday, April 12, Mayor’s Youth Commission 8th AWARENESS MONTH Grade Leadership Forum, Long Lines Family Rec Center, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Every 90 seconds someone is being sexually April 18, National Council on Youth assaulted in America Leadership, Siouxland Chapter, Youth Salute, One in four girls and one in seven boys are for selected high school Juniors at Morningside sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday College. One in four college girls and one in three women are sexually assaulted in their Monday, April 19, Sioux City Mayor’s Youth lifetime Commission meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall Council 7-10% of adult rape victims are male Chambers, 405 6th Street, Sioux City. Anyone can become a victim Tuesday, April 20, Teen Court Training, 101 For more information, call the Council on Sexual Pierce Street, Sioux City, IA. Applications available Assault and Domestic Violence, 712-258-7233 or go at www.siouxlandcares.org/youthservices. to www.safefromabuse.com. CALENDAR OF EVENTS Parents can help. Friday, April 9, Protecting Families Conference, Ask: Who? What? Where? When? 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sioux City Convention Remember: It’s not pestering. It’s parenting. Center. (National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign) Course Description: This conference is designed to provide information about compliant child victims and the dynamics of the acquaintance child START TALKING BEFORE molester and prevention of child abuse. THEY START DRINKING!!! Start the conversation any way you can. Guest Faculty: Kenneth V. Lanning, consultant in the area of crimes against children, FBI Special Agent for more than 30 years specializing in the The information in this newsletter study of sexual victimization of children. He is is compiled by currently a consultant on cases involving deviant Siouxland CARES About Substance Abuse, sexual behavior, the sexual victimization of children, 101 Pierce Street, Sioux City, Iowa 51101, missing and exploited children and the use of (712) 255-3188; Email: email@example.com; computers and the internet to facilitate the sexual Website: www.siouxlandcares.org exploitation of Children. Noon Speaker: Karen Taylor Good, motivational Funding made possible through a Drug Free speaker, songwriter, author, and inspirational Communities Support Program grant to speaker who has motivated encouraged and Siouxland CARES from SAMHSA and ONDCP. entertained thousands with her unique presentation, which blends music and humor. Siouxland CARES is a United Way Questions Contact: Mercy Medical Center - affiliated agency. Educational Services Department, 801 5th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101 (712) 279-2507.
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