April Newsletter 2012

April’s Offline Happenings!
April 2012
Alcohol Awareness Month
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April 5, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board/SPF SIG Committee

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa
April 6, 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Motivational Interviewing, Part II

Jackson Recovery Centers, 800 5th Street
Sioux City, Iowa
(712) 234-2300
April 9, 7:00 p.m.
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission Executive Council

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa
April 16, 7:00 p.m.
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission

City Hall
Sioux City, Iowa
April 20, Global Youth Service Day
Every 7 seconds, someone is bullied. Support the anti-bullying campaign in your school and participate in the event. The Stand for the Silent program addresses the issue of school bullying with an engaging, factual, and emotional methodology. On April 20th, the schools that have started chapters of their own SFTS, stand together outside for 7 seconds and on the 7th second release balloons to represent “lifting up the victims”. For more information contact Heather Millard, RISE Specialist, (402) 412-3601, ext. 22.
April 20, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Protecting Families Spring Conference

Sioux City Convention Center
Call Mercy Medical Center’s Education Department
at (712) 279-2507, or e-mail schlessr@mercyhealth.com
Upcoming Dates
May 15, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and
Repeated at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Emerging Drug Trends, K2, Spice and Salvia
Stoney Creek Inn, Sioux City, Iowa
Sponsored by The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Department
Linda Kalin presenting
May 24, 8:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Social Work Ethics and Cultural Competence

Briar Cliff University, Stark Student Center
Sioux City, Iowa
Contact Sylvia Kuennen at 712-279-5478 or sylvia.kuennen@briarcliff.edu
June 4, 2012
CSADV 2nd Annual “Driving Out Violence” Golf Classic

Sioux City Country Club

MYTH: Teenagers are too young to get addicted.
FACT: Addiction can happen at any age. Even unborn babies can get addicted because of their mother’s drug use.
Source: relevancyinc.com

April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Alcohol abuse is prevalent within many demographic groups in the United States. People who abuse alcohol can be teenagers sneaking drinks before high school football games or at unsupervised parties, college students who binge drink at local bars, pregnant women who drink and put their babies at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome, professionals who drink after a long day of work or senior citizens who drink out of loneliness. To recognize the serious problems that alcohol can cause, April is designated as Alcohol Awareness Month.
Numerous coalitions across Iowa are focusing efforts on underage drinking. It takes a commitment by everyone in the community to make change happen, including parents, educators, and all the other community elements influencing adolescent life. A community that opposes underage drinking can help change how people think and act. Many communities across Iowa are doing just that, by holding town hall meetings and conducting other public education activities during April’s annual Alcohol Awareness Month.
Source: Safe Spotlight, IDPH.state.ia.us

Siouxland CARES Announces beSomebody Awards
Siouxland CARES announced its beSomebody awards on March 14 during Siouxland CARES 25thAnniversary celebration at the Sioux City Convention Center.
The criteria for this award is that the person or organization must have a commitment to making our community a better place and has demonstrated outstanding citizenship and contributions to the Siouxland area.
The organization award was given to Bishop Heelan Catholic High School for its support of the beSomebody initiative. “Bishop Heelan Catholic High School has gone above and beyond in its commitment to the beSomebody campaign”, stated Laura Schiltz, past president of Siouxland CARES. Bishop Heelan High School students created the winning beSomebody YouTube video and Chris Bork, Principal, and Jay Wright, Assistant Principal, participated in key community leader meetings to create and develop the campaign. “A portion of Bishop Heelan’s mission is Service and Community. Bishop Heelan Catholic High School demonstrates this by educating its students to be exceptional and committed adults through service and community involvement”, Schiltz continued. “Bishop Heelan Catholic High School is an outstanding organization that is committed to make Siouxland and its students better and are truly being Somebody”, Schiltz concluded.
The individual award went to Will Meier, Juvenile Court Services. Pat Gunia, Vice President of Siouxland CARES, shared that “the extra passion he uses when ‘no one is watching’ has made some of the biggest miracles in many of our youth’s lives”. One of Will’s mentees went on to state, “He is somebody who sees the potential for success in someone else’s life, not only when others fail to see it in them, but when they fail to see it in themselves. He is an individual who makes qualities such as devotion, determination, persistence, understanding, compassion, and most of all, love appear to be just his morning check list”. Will Meier is truly somebody who has influenced and helped many, many young people and is the epitome of what the beSomebody award is all about.
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