Community Programs

Teen Maze

Description: Teen Maze is an interactive, 30-minute event for high school students focused on decision making and the consequences of using drugs and alcohol. Students start at a party, where they are given a card with a scenario about an unhealthy choice that a teen could make at a party. The students then enter the “maze”, where they visit different tables that represent possible consequences around youth substance use.

Outcomes: TheTenth-grade students between the ages of 14 and 17 engaged in a simulated party that was broken up by law enforcement. These students then went through a “Maze” of potential scenarios learning about the consequences of attending a party where alcohol/drugs were present. Students were asked to fill out a post survey reflecting on the risk of self-harm associated with using alcohol daily/weekly, marijuana and prescription drugs. The response options were Great Risk, Moderate, or No Risk.

Canyon Del Oro: We served more than 286 students. 95% of students saw a risk in having 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks a day. 97% of students saw a risk of having 5+ alcoholic drinks once or twice a week. 91% of students saw a risk in smoking marijuana once or twice per week. 98% of students saw a risk of using prescription drugs to get high.

Marana High: We served more than 330 students. 93% of students saw a risk in having 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks a day. 95% of students saw a risk of having 5+ alcoholic drinks once or twice a week. 87% of students saw a risk in smoking marijuana once or twice per week. 96% of students saw a risk of using prescription drugs to get high.

Mountain View High: We served more than 356 students. 90% of students saw a risk in having 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks a day. 90% of students saw a risk of having 5+ alcoholic drinks once or twice a week. 84% of students saw a risk in smoking marijuana once or twice per week. 90% of students saw a risk of using prescription drugs to get high.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Description: Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. This program is funded through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Outcomes:

  • 255 community members trained during 23 cohorts (4 bi-lingual cohorts).
  • 2,500+ Resource Pocket Guides distributed to participants.
  • 175+ Referrals made by participants in the 2-12 weeks after being certified.
  • 48% of respondents felt very/somewhat aware of resources listed in Pocket Resource Guide.
  • 50% of respondents felt very somewhat confident in using the Pocket Resource Guide.

Continued partnership with Tucson Unified School District’s Family Resource Centers and Sahuarita Unified School District.

Kelley and Mary Anne certified to deliver curriculum virtually.

Story: Participants continue to share through their evaluations the value of this training and the easy with which they are able to apply the model in their day-to-day interactions with the youth in their lives. School staff are especially appreciative of the tools provided in the training as they encounter the struggles of their students.

Curriculum info: Curriculum developed by Mental Health First Aid and distributed by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Youth Tobacco Coalition

Technical Assistance is provided to more than 30 Youth Anti-Tobacco Coalitions across the State that are participating in the State Coalition Program called STAND (Students Taking a New Direction).  This includes 2 Adult Facilitator trainings per year and 2 regional youth trainings each year providing Coalition Leaders with new information on emerging trends in youth tobacco/nicotine use, updates on changes in policy, coalition building, youth recruitment and retention, etc.  Technical Assistance is provided directly to the coalition during coalition meetings at least twice a year in their own geographic location.  Support is provided to the Coalition in their local events and assistance is provided on their local policy actions.

Statewide media days are also held for Kick Butts Day in March, Through With Chew Week in February, World No Tobacco Day in May, and The Great American Smoke Out in November.  More than 300 youth take part in these events across the State.

Outcomes: Two Adult Trainings were held (Spring and Fall) for over 80 Adult leaders providing them with emerging tobacco trend information, State and National updates, retail compliance information, and ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experience) training. Nine Youth Regional Trainings were held with over 200 youth attending where information was provided on several subjects including public speaking skills, interviewing, mock vaping trial, tobacco 101 escape room, tobacco facts RC truck race, mock town hall, etc.

Story: One of or Youth that was a member of the ASAP (Arizona Students Aiming for Prevention) in Flagstaff who was a member for 4 years graduated High School this May and was the President of the Coalition is now in Collee and is leading a Mentorship Program mentoring young Hopi girls.  The leadership skills she

Curriculum info: There is no specific curriculum.  TA Staff have created trainings, webinars, videos and other programming on subjects such as: Tobacco 101, Policy Work, Vaping, Big Tobacco Marketing, Disparate Populations and how they are ___ by Big Tobacco, Coalition Building, Public Speaking, etc.

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