Positive Feedback

From School Staff

FVHS SAP Counselor:
“[The substance abuse prevention] program at FVHS was highly successful. They targeted Hispanic females because of low graduation rates and we saw huge improvements in the school.  In fact, the momentum gained by the group is still being felt after [the substance abuse prevention program] has left – we now have a Hispanic club for males and females called Latinos Unidos which is doing great things in the school.  It would be beneficial at any school to have these groups take place.  I’ve been able to see firsthand the difference it can make in teenagers and in their decision making.”
WCPSS School Social Worker:
“…I saw students benefit from participating in [the substance abuse prevention program] groups that were offered to students at Wake Forest Middle School.  The group leader, Susan Foster, met weekly with identified students who were “at risk” for substance abuse and other high risk behaviors.  In my middle school, we chose to focus on a group that we believed were in need of support, Hispanic students who demonstrated risk factors such as behavioral and academic problems at school or involvement with the court system…  Most of the participating students demonstrated improved attendance, more effective communication skills, decreased behavioral episodes, and increased knowledge of the signs of a healthy relationship.”

 

From LEAP Program Youth

The thing that I liked best about this group/club is…
… the hands on help

… we had fun at every class

… learning things

… the activities we took part in

… how we were able to express ourselves

… that the staff is very nice and can be trusted

… I was able to be myself

… we all worked together

… I can always talk about how I am feeling

… they helped me to solve my problems

… learning all the important facts

… what drugs can really do to you

… anger management

… the help and things they showed me

… media literacy

… the information it gave us

… the people and lessons

… we always learn something

… it’s a fun place to be

… the time together

… she was caring

… the games and activities

… what we discussed together

… having conversation

… I can always talk to the group or the leader

… the interaction

… that I learned about all types of things

… everybody gets along

What I will remember most about my adult leader is…
… he is a very good person and to work with

… he gives us good information

… not to give in to stereotypes

… he was nice and a great leader

… always happy and encouraging

… that she likes to do her job

… she was always smiling and happy

… you can talk to her

… her energy and knowledge

… how much we learned

… their respect towards us

… she is the best leader and she explains it all right and makes it fun

… she is very kind and taught me how to say NO

… she is very respectful of us

… that she is an awesome person and taught us well

… she cared

… I can trust her

… she is here to teach and I love her

… she’s a real leader

… gives good advice

… everyone was included

… I had the best times ever

… their leadership

… my group leader is trustworthy

From this group I learned…
… that it is important to think before you do

… not to let people decide for me

… leadership skills and respect

… how to stay away from drugs

… to think about my decisions

… how to respect others

… how bad tobacco and drugs are for you

… that violence doesn’t solve anything

… the important facts about drug use

… how to stay healthy

… anger management

… that life is really important

… not to be a follower

… she is very respectful of us

… what is in cigarettes

… that doing your best is essential

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