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http://www.PeopleReachingOut.org People Reaching Out, Inc. has been named one of three recipients of the 2011 National Exemplary Award for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies for its Valley Hi Community Mobilization Project. The award was established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA), the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and the National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors. The National Exemplary Award recognizes quality substance abuse prevention efforts from around the country to showcase evidence-based, state-of-the-art programs that may be replicated by others. For the last 6 years People Reaching Out has delivered innovative transformational results through it’s Valley Hi Community Mobilization Project in South Sacramento. The axis models for community coalition development, youth leadership and peer mentoring programs were found to effectively impact the reduction of youth substance abuse and violence, and to, effectively increase youth connectedness to school, community and family. Since 1981, People Reaching Out has been in the business of keeping kids away from drugs, alcohol, tobacco and violence. Our innovative approach to prevention programs ensures our children and youth possess lifelong learning and the developmental benefits of remaining drug free … to dream big in school, family and community life. For more information call 916-576-3300 or go to http://www.peoplereachingout.org+ More details
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Internet Applications to Improve Prevention Practice Workshop: Part 1, EMT Associates (www.emt.org) The internet revolution brings new opportunities for improving efficiency and effectiveness in communication, decision making, collaboration, education and training, and data collection. These improvements are particularly important for prevention. Research increasingly demonstrates that effective prevention is comprehensive and community-based, and internet capacity has important advantages for dispersed activities that require coordination and involve many actors with modest resources. However, revolutions require change that can challenge habits and assumptions, and there are real tradeoffs concerning strengths of existing practice. If opportunities are to be optimized, these tradeoffs and challenges must be clearly acknowledged, improvements clearly identified, and methods for retaining the advantages of existing practices developed. This panel presentation includes cases in substance abuse prevention that demonstrate how the advantages of internet use can be achieved in social networking, online training, collaboration and decision making, and data collection. The objectives of this workshop are to: (1) support participant interest in existing as well as new online workplace technologies by viewing their application in the field of prevention practice; (2) support informed decision-making about new or continued use of online workplace applications by allowing participants to rank their interest in panel subjects, which will determine the amount of time each panel subject receives; and (3) listen to participant experience with online workplace applications and provide expert feedback on choosing the best fit application and strategies to boost effectiveness.+ More details
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