January 2013 Newsletter

January’s Offline Happenings!
Crime Stopper’s Month
Mentoring Month
January 3, 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
January 7, 7:00 – 8:00  p.m.
Mayor’s Youth Commission Executive Council

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa
January 21, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Mayor’s  Youth Commission Meeting

City Hall, 405 6th Street
Sioux City, Iowa

MYTH:  Talk to me about drugs – that’s a bigger issue than alcohol.
FACT:  Both drugs and alcohol are serious problems among teens.  Alcohol kills young people just like cocaine, heroin and other serious illegal drugs.  Also, according to recent studies, nearly one-half (47%) of persons who began drinking before age 14 were alcohol dependent at some point in their lifetime.
Source:  NIAAA, NESARC and www.thecoolspot.gov

Why Mentor?
By Amanda Dahl
Marketing & Recruitment Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland
With the calendar flipping to the start of a New Year, it signals new beginnings and the age-old tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions. We’ve all taken to the cliché resolutions of losing weight, eating healthier, organizing that dreadful closet or finally sticking to a budget at least once or maybe even twice.  But let’s be honest, how many of us have stuck to those resolutions past February?
Resolutions are commitments to improving yourself. It’s making a lifestyle change to benefit and enhance your life. What if you could tackle your personal goals and actually stick to your resolutions while teaching someone else how important it is to exercise, eat healthy, live responsibly and reach your goals?  Well, then not only would you be improving your life, but you’d be helping to improve another person’s life.
January is a time to set New Year’s resolutions and it is also National Mentoring Month. It’s a perfect match and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland is an ideal way to make your resolutions a reality. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland provides quality one-to-one mentoring relationships for children in our community by matching someone like you (a “Big”), someone that want to make a change in their life, with a child (a “Little”), someone that needs a change in their life. 
Here’s how easy it can be to be a Big and stick to your New Year’s resolutions this year. If your goal is to lose weight, you could take your Little for a walk around an indoor track, climb the rock wall or go sledding. If you want to eat healthier, you could pick out a tasty recipe together, go shopping for the ingredients and prepare the meal. As winter passes and spring turns to summer, you could even start a garden together.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland holds itself accountable for helping children who face adversity achieve measurable, positive outcomes. We believe these achievements matter to our investors, partners, volunteers, and the children and families we serve, so when you become a mentor, you’re really impacting a lot of people. Mentors help create a positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth in areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.
We’re happy to answer any questions you might have about becoming a mentor. Call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland at 712.239.9890 or visit bigbrothersbigsisters.com to sign up or learn more.
Make a resolution to help yourself and help a child in 2013. Become a Big.
Siouxland Fact
A total of 57,606 students are included in Siouxland CARES Youth Survey composite database from 1999 to 2011. Analysis by Briar Cliff University student Corey Schink in cooperation with Sister Grace Ann Witte shows that perception of harm influences a student’s likelihood of using alcohol or other drugs.
Source:  Siouxland CARES Metro Area Survey

Bullying Information
Contact the Boys Town National Hot Line,
1-800-448-3000 or
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,
1-800-273-8255 or
A Youth Counseling Hotline,
Additional Resources:

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.

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 16,845 hours in 2011 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.
Respect:  Give it.  Get it.
Responsibility:  Take it.  Teach It.
Fairness:  Share it.  Practice it.
Caring:  Show it.  Receive it.
Citizenship:  Have it.  Honor it.
Make Your Character Count in Siouxland!!

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