This is discussion about Kamiah Community Partners Coalition (KCPC) Youth Activity Implementation Project.
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Kamiah Partners Coalition is a nationally recognized GREAT prevention coalition. This group is committed to making positive changes in the community.
With some local students showing that they are starting to use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs at ages way below the National Average (7 or younger as opposed to 12 years of age) - KCPC is a valuable group.
In a rural community, it is often difficult to keep children engaged in activities that not only build them up but also keep them out of trouble. KCPC does just that. I look forward to each new idea/activity they come up with. I honor and acknowlege their hard work and accomplishments!
KCPC is a bright example of a great community coalition in Idaho. Their wonderful newsletter and activities get important information out to parents and community members. They show youth that their community cares, and that they can have fun in positive ways. Go KCPC! Kudos to their great staff and volunteers!
KCPC is Promoting Positive Change for a Healthy Community by partnering with community entities who share our common goals.
1) To reduce youth substance abuse in our community.
2) To strengthen community collaboration and build a strong coalition to sustain our efforts.
Currently the age of onset of Alcohol and Marijuana is 7 years old. KCPC is stepping up to the plate to be part of a much needed solution. We offer a vast array strategies including community education and trainings; we offer a vast social media campaign to make our community aware of social norms; we host a variety of activities for our ever thrill seeking youth; we partner with local law enforcement to increase enforcement of ATOD laws; we partner with the school to offer school curriculums and programming as well as data collection. The list is neverending, as is the will of our coalition to prevent youth subtance use.
Kamiah Community Partners Coalition has made a great difference for the youth of the upper Clearwater region by providing drug free activities as an alternative to the prevailing culture of drinking and drug parties. From midnight basketball, to arranged trips to an amusement park, the kids are finding ways to have fun witnout drugs. There are now "cool" things to do, so that drugs and drinking no longer rule the agenda for many, if not most of the youth. Creative and lively events keep the kids interested. My hat is off to the Kamiah Community Partners Coalition.
KCPC has done a brilliant job of putting together youth activities for our area that help keep kids busy, entertained, and learning without having the influence of alcohol or drugs around. Parents and children are all welcome to have a safe, fun, experience at any of the events they have sponsored with no pressure of other influences. I think this organization also helps parents connect with their children in ways they may have never been able to before.
Thanks for all you do and all you offer to our community.
KCPC has an interesting dynamic of serving an area that includes Tribal Land and two counties - making for jurisdiction issues to be more complicated than many areas.
They have worked hard to bring all of the leaders together to work on common solutions and for the health of the youth and community!
They have done a wonderful job of engaging local youth!
Yay for KCPC! It's the kind of caring and knowledgeable organization we need in such a rural area. It provides our kids and families with things to do on a regular basis that strengthen familial bonds and ties to the greater community, at a cost that our depressed economic area residence can afford. This is the kind of organization I wish had been around when I was growing up - it would have made a big difference in the lives of my peers, as I know it is making in the lives of the people that live here. Having things to do, and things to look forward to, makes less intelligent and harmful choices for activities much less appealing. The members of this coalition do a great job!
It looks like you all are doing important prevention work for your area. Best wishes to you!
KCPC works diligently in the prevention field for their community. They are truly inspirational to others in teh field including myself. I have learned a lot from their work, and the colaition, especially Sharlene are quick to offer guidance to other coaltions. Thanks for your hard work and caring for our youth. It is such a difficult job, and you do it well.
It sounds like you have great support for this important initiative! I was curious about a couple of aspects and was hoping you could update your entry to say more about the youth leadership aspect and benefits to the community.
I noticed a mention that youth are involved in running the program and developing leaderships skills, but I didn't see any details about that. I also think it's a great idea to have local businesses participating in the Friday night events; have you seen any benefits for them? Lastly, it certainly benefits youth and families to reduce the amount of youth drug and alcohol abuse, but can you say any more about how it makes the whole community stronger?
Thanks for sharing your great program!
Thanks Rebecca your your questions.
I will be updating the site within 24 hours.
I have updated our entry. Please feel free to comment on how the youth involvement in decision making or planning is so important to us and how it will work with the Y.E. S. Club which is slated to begin 2011. the Y.E.S. Club is Youth Engaged in Service and will be an after school club. The club will work with the youth to teach leadership skills, planning and implementing projects.
Also, if you find that partnering with businesses is helpful to KCPC tell us what you think the benefit of such partnerships are.
The judges want to know. Now is your chance to show the world the benefit this coalition provides to the community and the work with our youth benefits to the community.
The Kamiah Community Partners Coalition is a model program for engaging youth and adults in community building. Kamiah Community Partners Coalition also disseminates valuable educational information about drug and alcohol abuse and prevention. Thanks to all the hardworking community residents who have stepped up to show they value their youth and community. Debbie Gray, University of Idaho Extension/Idaho Horizons
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