May 2013 Newsletter

May Offline Happenings!

Safe Graduation, Healthy Baby Month,
Mental Health Awareness Month

May 2, 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

May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kids Safety Fair

Long Lines Family Rec Center
Food at 11:30 am while supplies last
Free T-shirt for first 100 kids to visit all booths
Sioux City, Iowa

May 6, 7:00 – 8:00  p.m.
Mayor’s Youth Commission Executive Council

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

May 9, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Faces of Mental Illness Conference

To register call 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907
Sioux City Convention Center
Sioux City, Iowa

May 11, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Held on Saturdays:   June 15, July 20, Aug 24, Sept 14, Oct 19, Dec 7
Boot Camp for New Dads
Leiter Room, Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, Iowa
Pre-registration required by e-mailing or call 712-279-2507

May 13, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Mayor’s  Youth Commission Meeting

City Hall, 405 6th Street
Sioux City, Iowa

In Memory:  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Nancy Mounts who died on April 28th. Nancy was a co-founder of Siouxland CARES.  We are eternally grateful to her for her vision and volunteerism. We have many, many wonderful memories.  Nancy will always be in our hearts.

Special thanks to Qdoba and Clear Channel Radio for hosting a fundraiser for Siouxland CARES on April 17th.

MYTH:  Parents can’t influence their child’s alcohol use.
FACT:   Perceived parental disapproval is the strongest influence on youthful alcohol use.  In fact, children who believe their parents would strongly disapprove of their using a particular substance are less likely to use.  Information provided by SAMHSA.

If you’re serious about preventing underage alcohol and drug abuse in Siouxland…Don’t rent hotel rooms for your teen and his/her friends and don’t allow underage drinking parties to happen in your home.  This “prom and graduation tradition” provides too much privacy and too many opportunities for illegal alcohol and other drug use.  In addition, you can be held liable for personal and property damages.  Know the facts; keep our children safe and healthy!!

Parents:  Help Your Teens Party Right at Graduation

Parents and Graduates…Make memories, not headlines.  Celebrate alcohol and other drug free.
Graduation is a time to celebrate.  But before your graduates party, take the time to talk with them about alcohol—it just may save a life.
It’s about your teen…
A teenager’s brain is still developing and it is very sensitive to alcohol effects on judgment and decision-making.
Too much alcohol becomes a deadly poison…
If your graduates drink enough, they will eventually get sleepy and pass out.  Reflexes like gagging and breathing can be suppressed. That means they could vomit and choke to death or just stop breathing.  They may even be at risk for alcohol poisoning.
Think about it!
If graduates drink too much, it can mean trips to the emergency room, arrests, and sexual assaults.  They could put themselves and their friends in real danger.  Ask them to consider this:  Is that any way to celebrate? Tell your graduate to play it safe and party right at graduation.
Talk with your graduate…
Research shows that parents do make a difference.  Talking with your graduate about alcohol now could prevent serious problems later.
Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA, National Institutes of Health.  For more information please visit

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Types of Mental Illness:  There are many different conditions that are recognized as mental illnesses. The more common types include:  Anxiety disorders,  Mood disorders,  Psychotic disorders, Eating disorders, Impulse control and addiction disorders,  and Personality disorders.  Source:  WEB MD

Learn more by attending the Faces of Mental Illness Conference on May 9 at the Sioux City Convention Center.

May is Healthy Baby Month

  • See a doctor or health care provider for early and regular prenatal care.
  • Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet.
  • You knew your baby would cry.  No matter how frustrated you feel…DO NOT SHAKE THE BABY!  Safely place the baby in a crib and walk away.  Count to 20 or 100.  Turn on music and sing.  Splash water on your face.  Phone a friend.  But never, ever shake a baby.
  • “When You Use, So Does Your Baby!”


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Siouxland Fact 

82% of students surveyed feel their parents would feel it is wrong or very wrong for them to drink alcohol.  beSomebody and let’s make this number 100%!  

Graduation Dates 2013:
Bishop Heelan  May 19
East  May 21
North  May 22
West  May 20
Akron-Westfield  May 19
Dakota Valley  May 18
Elk Point Jefferson  May 18
Gehlen Catholic  May 19
Hinton  May 19
Homer  May 19
Kingsley-Pierson  May 12
Lawton-Bronson  May 19
LeMars Public  May 19
Maple Valley  May 19
Remsen St. Mary’s  May 19
Remsen Union  May 19
River Valley  May 12
Sergeant Bluff  May 19
South Sioux City  May 19
West Monona  May 12
Westwood Sloan  May 19
Whiting  May 18
Woodbury Central  May 19

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 or 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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