June 2013 Newsletter

June Offline Happenings!

Positive Parenting Month
Summer Prevention

June 6, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board/SPF SIG Committee
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

June 13 and June 27, 10:00 a.m.
Bully Prevention Community Coalition

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

June 16
Father’s Day

June 18
Comprehensive Strategy Data Review Meeting, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Briar Cliff University, 3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, Iowa

MYTH:  Hosting underage drinking parties is harmless.
FACT:   Think again.  Underage drinking kills 5,000 young people a year. 

If you’re serious about preventing underage alcohol and drug abuse in Siouxland…Don’t allow underage drinking parties to happen in your home or allow your children to go to them.  Double check the plans with your child.  Know the facts; keep our children safe and healthy!!

Youth Start Using Most Substances
During the Summer

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that that youths between the ages of 12 and 17 are far more likely to start using most substances during the summer than during other parts of the year.  A recent study found that on an average day in June and July, more than 11,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 use alcohol for the first time – December is the only other month with comparable levels. Throughout the rest of the year the daily average for first-time alcohol use ranges from 5,000 to 8,000 adolescents.

Start Talking Before They Start Drinking!!

Talk to Your Child About
Alcohol Poisoning

Symptoms of alcohol poisoning:

  • Person is unconscious or semi-conscious and cannot be awakened.
  • Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin.
  • Check to see if breathing is slow, less than 8 times per minute, or irregular, with 10 seconds or more between breaths.
  • Vomiting while “sleeping” or passed out, and not waking up after vomiting.

If a person has any of these symptoms, he or she is suffering from acute alcohol intoxication and is in danger.

  • Get help.  Call someone, a staff member, an ambulance, public safety, anyone who can help. Call 911.
  • Do not leave the person alone.  Turn the victim on his/her side to prevent choking in case of vomiting.
  • Always be “better safe than sorry” if you are not sure what to do.  How can your friend be angry about you caring for him/her? 

Boys Town Working to Create Empowered Parents…Productive Employees…Positive Families

Boys Town of Nebraska/Iowa has been a national leader in the care and treatment of children and families since its founding more than 90 years ago by Father Edward Flanagan.  Its mission is “Changing the way America cares for children, families and communities by providing and promoting an Integrated Continuum of Care that instills Boys Town values to strengthen body, mind and spirit.”

It’s not easy raising children in today’s hectic and high-pressure world.  Every family needs help from time to time. The trick for most working parents is how to find the right resources and the time to get the help they need. After decades of serving thousands of parents and children across the country in our evidence-based Common Sense Parenting classes, Boys Town has developed several time- efficient and high-impact services, products and various parenting resources.  One of the CSP resources they plan to offer is the onsite Parenting Cafés which are variety of stand-alone parenting topics on specific parenting concerns for working moms and dads.  In the future Boys Town can bring the Common Sense Parenting classes to your business. 

For more information on our various Common Sense Parenting services, go to Parenting.org/csp or call 402- 498-1059 in Northern Iowa call 712-258-6523.

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Siouxland Fact 

In 2012, 18% of Woodbury County youth surveyed strongly agreed or agreed with the statement “There are people living in my home who have a serious alcohol or drug problem”.   Alcohol and other drug abuse is an individual, family, and community issue.  Be a partner in working toward a safe, healthy, and drug-free community.  BeSomebody!
Source:  Iowa Youth Survey, 2012 

Parenting Guidelines

 Suggestions for helping keep teens from alcohol and other drug involvement:

  • Know your child’s friends and their parents.
  • Insist on knowing where your child will be.
  • Make reliable arrangements to have someone live in your home while you are away.
  • Confirm “overnight” plans with the other parents.
  • Challenge last minute changes in plans.
  • Know what your child keeps in his/her room.  It is your home.
  • Set a definite curfew for your home.
  • Observe city and county curfew laws.  Know the laws.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of substance use/abuse.
  • Call for help if you have any questions. 

This information furnished by Siouxland CARES, (712) 255-3188.

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.  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.
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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