January 2014 Newsletter

 January Offline Happenings!
 Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 9, 10:00 a.m.
Bully Prevention Community Coalition
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Monday, January 13, 11 a.m.
Healthy Homes Coalition
1014 Nebraska Street
Sioux City, Iowa
By January 9, please RSVP to Alicia Sanders, Environmental Specialist, Siouxland District Health Department, asanders@sioux-city.org

Wednesday, January 15, Noon
Siouxland Council on Child Abuse and Neglect

101 Pierce Street (lower level)
Sioux City, Iowa
By January 14, please RSVP to Linda Phillips, Siouxland CARES, cares@longlines.com

Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
MLK Day is an opportunity for Americans to put the core American principles of citizenship and service into action.  beSomebody and volunteer today!

Monday, January 20, 7 p.m.
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission Meeting
New Member Orientation and Department Meetings

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

Wednesday, January 29, 6:30 a.m.-7:00p.m.
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission and Siouxland Chamber of Commerce
Des Moines Legislative Day


Woodbury County Expands Binge Drinking Prevention Media Campaign
Parents are focus of new campaign

A media campaign targeting binge drinking prevention is underway in Woodbury County, Monona, and Plymouth Counties. The social media, radio and television ads focus on the way binge drinking can change the way a child views their parent.

The campaign, called ‘Changes You,” will run through the holidays and winter months and complements the continuing “Stay Classy” and “What Do You Throw Away?” campaigns focusing on younger adults. Woodbury County is one of 23 counties chosen for the campaigns, which are funded through the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant and administrated by Iowa Department of Public Health, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Our previous campaigns have focused on making kids and younger adults think about the consequences of underage and binge drinking to empower them to take control of their lives,” said Davidson Wissing, Woodbury County SPF-SIG Coordinator. “This new campaign really brings home the toll binge drinking can take on a family. Children who see their parents drunk never look at them the same way again.”

For more information about the efforts in Woodbury County to prevent and reduce underage and binge drinking email DWissing@jacksonrecovery.com or call 712.234.2327. For information on the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/spfsig/about_us.asp

January is National Mentoring Month
Become a Mentor Today!

For the past five years, I have been a Big Sister to my Little Brother, Layne, through Big Brothers Big Sisters.  We started our match with the Every Classroom Counts program.  Then we added an out of school component as well.  I can tell you that it has been an absolutely rewarding experience for me.  When we started our match, I thought that it was all about me giving something to him.  I can tell you that certainly is not the case.  I have gained as much out of this experience as I hope he has. 

I am sure that some people are hesitant to become a mentor because they think there is a lot of money involved or that it involves too much time or that the Little might become too attached to them.  It can be whatever you want it to be.  There are many, many things you can do with your Little that does not involve money like going on a hike, playing disc golf, going to playgrounds, walking the dog, playing catch, playing board games, etc.  All you need is a few hours every two weeks to make your match successful.  Call Big Brothers Big Sisters or Team Mates or another mentoring program in your area to become a mentor today!  beSomebody!!!

A special thank you to all the parents who let their children be a part of a program like Big Brothers Big Sisters.  They are allowing another person to become a part of their family and that takes special people to do that.  Thank you!

Linda Phillips, Executive Director, Siouxland CARES

Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission Ads New Members

Sixty-four new members have joined the Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission, bringing the total 9-12th graders to 189 for 2014.  The purpose of the Mayor’s Youth Commission is to explore, communicate, and provide for the needs, problems, issues, and activities affecting the city’s youth.  Siouxland CARES facilitates the activities of the Youth Commission and coordinates its adult advisors.  The Sioux City Police Dept. is the liaison between Siouxland CARES and the Youth Commission.



Siouxland Fact 

Woodbury County Businesses–Did you know that Jackson Recovery Centers can train your sales and alcohol-serving staff free of charge to reduce your risk of alcohol violations?  Jackson utilizes the TIPS program and will work with you to find the best time to conduct training.  TIPS training may lower your insurance premiums and save your business property damage.  Contact Davidson Wissing at 712-234-2327 or you may email dwissing@jacksonrecovery.com today as this free training is available for a limited time.  This is also available in Plymouth and Monona Counties.  Contact Jackson Recovery Centers 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 350 volunteers. Volunteers for Siouxland CARES (representing 12 community systems) and staff contributed 16,296 hours in 2012 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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