February 2014 Newsletter


February Offline Happenings!

Thursday, February 6, Noon
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board

101 Pierce Street (lower level)
Sioux City, Iowa

Thursday, February 13, 10:00 a.m.
Bully Prevention Community Coalition
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Thursday, February 13, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; workshop repeated from 1-4 p.m.
“Interviewing Culturally Diverse Clients about Maltreatment: Focus on Latinos”
To register go to:  www.mercysiouxcity.com and click under classes and events or email mercyeducation@mercyhealth.com.  If you have questions, please call 712-279-2507.
Sponsored by Mercy Child Advocacy Center
Sioux City, Iowa

Tuesday, February 18, 5:30-7:15 p.m.
Do You Know What Drugs Are in Your Cupboard? 
Information for both parents and students
West Monona High School Auditorium, Onawa
5:30 p.m.-free meal; 6:00 p.m.-program
Sponsored by MCCA-ERASE and the Monona County Community Foundation Partners

Monday, February 24, 7 p.m. (Note that this is the 4th Monday due to Presidents’ Day Holiday on the 3rd Monday)
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission Meeting
City Hall, 405 6th Street, 5th Floor
Sioux City, Iowa

Save the Date–
Jackson Friends of Recovery Banquet, Saturday, March 22, The Marina Inn and Conference Center, 5:30 p.m., $40 per ticket, $300 per Table of Eight,  call 712-234-2308 or go to www.JacksonRecovery.com/Banquet.

Marijuana Myth–“Marijuana is harmless and non-addictive”
Facts from Project SAM

Harmful effects of marijuana include anxiety/panic attacks, depression, paranoia, psychosis, schizophrenia, cardiovascular distress, memory loss, and more.

–1 in every 11 adults and 1 in 6 adolescents who try marijuana become addicted.

Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission Members Advocate for Initiatives

On a recent trip to Des Moines, members of the Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission (MYC) made presentations to local legislators and the Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy.  Members researched projects and presented information.  Special thanks to MYC members Pablo Suarez Beltran, Andrew Lindquist, Araceli Lopez, Hannah Rens, and Seth Raders for their presentations.  Members also participated in a drunk driving/distracted driving simulation presented by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.  A brief summary of the Youth Commission presentations are listed below. 

Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission by Seth Raders, MYC Mayor, 2014

Members of the Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission have sent a group of members to the State Capitol to visit with our local legislators since 2003.  The Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission studies about and advocates on issues facing today’s youth.  The MYC provides leadership programs for our members and for younger students in Sioux City. We also promote volunteer service to the greater Sioux City community.  The MYC is comprised of students from all Sioux City public and private high schools as well as home schooled students and it presently has 183 members!  Last year the Youth Commission contributed 4,526 volunteer hours back to our community. Our newest members identified the number one problem facing youth today as Alcohol & Drug Use, followed closely by Bullying and Cyber Bullying.

Bullying and Cyber Bullying by Andrew Lindquist, MYC Finance Director, 2014

It has been shown that bullying and cyber bullying significantly impacts a student’s learning environment in school, and the memories of bullying aren’t left at the door when a student goes to school or goes home.  The proposed Bully-Free Iowa Act of 2014 supported by the Mayor’s Youth Commission empowers parents by creating a parental notification requirement and gives schools the discretion to respond to bullying that takes place off of school grounds if certain conditions are met.

  • 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. 4 out of 10 say it has happened more than once.
  • 3 million kids are absent from school each month because they fear bullies.
  • 1 in 5 cyber bullied kids think about suicide. 1 in 10 attempt it.
  •  88% of social media using teens have witnessed someone say something mean or cruel to someone else to another person on a social media site.

Iowa Poison Control Center – A Model for Cost-Effective Healthcare Delivery by Araceli Lopez, MYC Legislative Department Co-Chair, 2014

We support full funding and a sustainable funding strategy for the Iowa Poison Control Center.  This tremendous organization handles over 50,000 calls per year and the public, as well as hospitals and health departments, rely on its 24/7 service.  This agency is a model for cost-effective healthcare delivery and reports that 90% of the calls from the public are treated at home for a savings of over $12 million in medical costs because trips to the hospital or doctor are avoided each year because they are managed over the phone by the IPCC staff. 

Coding by Hannah Rens, MYC Marketing Director, 2014

We support offering a Coding class in every high school in Iowa.  Coding is telling the computer what it is supposed to do. For example, every screen you see has been coded.  It’s the links, images, wall paper, text, everything.  Most students aren’t being exposed to coding now but this should be a priority!

  • By 2020, one million jobs won’t be filled because there aren’t enough college graduates to fill these positions.
  • In 2010, Google conducted a survey and 98% of its employees who work in this area had been exposed to coding before college.  However, only 45% of their other employees had been exposed to their major before college.
  • 9 out of 10 high schools in the country do not have coding.
  • Sioux City is one of the few that has coding classes.

Language Runs the World by Pablo Suarez Beltran, MYC Mayor Pro Tem, 2014

Teaching foreign languages to students is important and we support and promote having foreign language classes in all school districts in Iowa.

Siouxland CARES facilitates the activities of the Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission and we are very proud of its members and accomplishments!



Siouxland Fact 
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission members contributed 4,526 volunteer hours back to our community in 2013!  Thank you to these high school youth. 

Join them in giving back to your community–beSomebody today!

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 beSomebody.us or Like us on beSomebody Facebook page.  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 388 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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