April Newsletter 2014


April Offline Happenings!

April is Alcohol Awareness Month
and Child Abuse Prevention Month


Thursday, April 3, Noon
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board

101 Pierce Street (lower level)
Sioux City, Iowa

Friday, April 4
Protecting Families Spring Conference

Sioux City Convention Center
Sioux City, Iowa
www.mercysiouxcity.com, Classes & Events tab. 

Sunday, April 6
National Council on Youth Leadership Youth Salute Leadership Conference

Selected high school juniors will participate in leadership sessions and interviews.
1-6 p.m., Morningside College, Olson Student Center 
Sioux City, Iowa

Thursday, April 10, 10:00 a.m.
Bully Prevention Community Coalition
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Monday, April 21, 7 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission Meeting

City Hall, 405 6th Street, 5th Floor
Sioux City, Iowa

Wednesday, April 23, Noon
Siouxland Council on Child Abuse and Neglect meeting
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Tuesday, April 29, 5:oo p.m.
Dakota County Teen Court
City Hall, 1615 First Avenue
South Sioux City, Nebraska

Farewell to 13 Year Employee
Missy O’Connell-Ackerman

Siouxland CARES would like to thank Missy O’Connell-Ackerman for her dedicated and loyal service as the Dakota County Teen Court Coordinator for the past 13 years.   Missy has trained more than 700 high school students throughout her tenure and is an excellent mentor and role model.  Missy is “retiring” to spend more time with her niece, Alice, and to finish projects around her home.  Missy, thank you for your wisdom, people skills, friendship, wit, humor, and support of Siouxland’s youth. 

Introducing Ashley Hobbs as the New Teen Court Coordinator

Ashley Hobbs is the new part-time Coordinator for the Dakota County Teen Court program.  She is responsible for conducting intakes for Teen Court defendants, case management, coordinating Teen Court hearings, and coordinating the 60 Teen Court volunteers. 

Ashley is a graduate of Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School and Iowa State University.  She lives in Mitchell, SD, with her husband, Kyle, and daughter, Nora.

 “Help for Today. Hope For Tomorrow”

Alcohol Awareness – The Key to Community Change, Personal and Family Recovery

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. This April, NCADD highlights the important public health issue of underage drinking, a problem with devastating individual, family and community consequences.

Alcohol use by young people is extremely dangerous—both to themselves and to society, and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors. Annually, over 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related accidents and thousands more are injured.


  • Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s young people, and is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined.

  • Each day, 7,000 kids in the United States under the age of 16 take their first drink.

  • Those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21.

  • More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year—about 4.65 a day—as a result of alcohol-related injuries.

  • 25% of U.S. children are exposed to alcohol-use disorders in their family.

  • Underage alcohol use costs the nation an estimated $62 billion annually.

Reducing underage drinking is critical to securing a healthy future for America’s youth and requires a cooperative effort from parents, schools, community organizations, business leaders, government agencies, the entertainment industry, alcohol manufacturers/retailers and young people.

Opportunity for Liquor License Holders--Jackson Recovery Centers is available to provide free training for your staff utilizing TIPs training materials.  Please contact Davidson Wissing at 712-234-2327 to schedule your training today!

“Changes You” Media Campaign Focuses on How Your Children
View Your Drinking

Jackson Recovery Centers and the Sioux City Police Department have teamed up to place binge drinking ads on Sioux City buses and bus stops. The message for this campaign is children who see their parents drunk never look at them the same again.  This is a project of the Iowa Dept. of Public Health’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant through SAMHSA.  

April 2014 High School Prom Dates
“Make Memories, Not Headlines”

April 5
Gehlen Catholic
Sergeant Bluff
West Monona
Woodbury Central

April 12
River Valley

April 26
Dakota Valley
Elk Point Jefferson
Maple Valley
South Sioux City
Remsen St. Mary’s
Westwood Sloan



Hannah Rens, East High sophomore and Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission member, has been appointed by Governor Terry Branstad to a two-year term as the nonvoting student member on the Iowa State Board of Education.  Hannah is the Co-Marketing Director for the SC Mayor’s Youth Commission and recently presented information during a MYC trip to Des Moines on increasing Coding opportunities for youth.  
Congrats, Hannah!

Looking for some helpful websites?



Other Resources
Contact the Boys Town National Hot Line,
1-800-448-3000 or
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,

Find out more about the beSomebody campaign by connecting to the Siouxland CARES website at www.siouxlandcares.org or Like us on the beSomebody Facebook page.  JOIN the beSomebody initiative today and text “41411” and type in besomebody to received weekly text messages (rates may apply).

Tri-State Curfew

The following curfew is now in effect in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, and Woodbury County, Iowa, North Sioux City, South Dakota, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Dakota County, Nebraska. Please enforce these times in your home.

10:00 p.m. for minors under the age of 14
11:00 p.m. for minors ages 14 and 15
Midnight for minors ages 16 and 17  

About Siouxland CARES
Siouxland CARES (Community-wide Awareness, Resources, Education and Support) About Substance Abuse is a community coalition comprised of 350 volunteers. Volunteers for Siouxland CARES (representing 12 community systems) and staff contributed 13,996.25 hours in 2013 to CARES programs and services. The mission of CARES is to improve the quality of life in Siouxland by eliminating the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related violence.

The Anti-Drug is Communication.
Ask Who? Ask What? Ask Where?
It’s not pestering, it’s parenting!

Trustworthiness:  Think it. Be it.
RespectGive it. Get it.
ResponsibilityTake it. Teach It.
FairnessShare it. Practice it.
Caring: Show it. Receive it.
Citizenship: Have it. Honor it.

Make Your Character Count in Siouxland!! 

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