HANLEY FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH BROWARD COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR 2017 TEEN SUMMIT ON DIVERSITY, PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION, PEER COUNSELING
(West Palm Beach, FL) – Hanley Foundation, a community leader in substance abuse prevention programming throughout Florida, recently partnered with the Broward County School District’s Diversity, Prevention & Intervention Department (DPI) to present the 2017 Teen Summit, the first of a planned annual event designed to bring educators and student leaders together to work on programs to prevent substance abuse and conflict, and to foster greater understanding of cultural diversity and enhance positive school environments.
More than 150 students from 40 middle and high schools throughout Broward County attended the 2017 Teen Summit, held at Pompano Beach High School and organized by Kimberly Young-Oliveras, Peer Counseling, Character Education & Prevention Liaison Coordinator for DPI. The students who attended are participants in their schools’ Diversity, Prevention & Intervention and Peer Counseling programs.
Hanley Foundation, established more than 30 years ago by Mary Jane and Jack Hanley, is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to give hope to individuals, families and communities affected by substance use disorders. The Foundation provides programming and grant support throughout Florida for advocacy, prevention, education and access to quality addiction treatment. The organization’s prevention programming is available to schools, churches and community groups through grant funding provided by the Florida Department of Children and Families, office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
“At this exciting and innovative summit, students learned about available substance abuse and conflict prevention concepts,” said Diamond Howard, Regional Prevention Coordinator for Hanley Foundation, who attended the summit on behalf of the Foundation with Prevention Specialist LaQueda Lewis. Howard and Lewis presented the Alcohol Literacy Challenge (ALC) and Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST)
The 90-minute ALC program is designed to correct erroneous beliefs about the effects of alcohol, decreasing positive and increasing negative expectancies. These shifts in expectancies have been shown to predict lower levels of alcohol use. ALC also demonstrates to students the advertising and marketing formula’s alcohol companies use to market to younger users. LST is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.
“The students at the 2017 Teen Summit also participated in diversity and cultural competence programs and learned about resources and support systems available in their local communities and on their individual campuses,” said Howard. “The goal was to help young people see there are so many options when they are looking for resources to help them prevent substance use, manage conflict resolution and promote cultural understanding.”
For more information about Hanley Foundation, or to request free prevention programming for a school, church or youth group, please visit www.hanleyfoundation.org or call 561-268-2355.