Community Action of Southern Indiana coordinates the Grassroots Prevention Coalition to reduce youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse.
Community Action of Southern Indiana (CASI) operates the Grassroots Prevention Coalition that is comprised of a group of community agencies, organizations and concerned youth and adults who are working together to reduce youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. The Coalition uses materials and methods that have been proven to prevent drug use by working with youth and their families in the schools and community.
In February 2005, the Coalition conducted a two-year strategic planning process that resulted in the creation of two teams, composed of Coalition members, to address the major objectives and actions for the following two years under the respective goals of (1) Reducing Youth Drug Abuse and (2) Expanding/Enhancing Collaboratives to Support the Work of the Coalition.
Specific initiatives carried out include under the Coalition include:
- Botvin Life Skills Training (LST) designed to prevent tobacco, drug and alcohol use. CASI provides training to teachers who then conduct either an Elementary School LST Program or a Middle School LST Program focusing on Personal Self-Management Skills, General Social Skills, and Drug Resistance Skills. LST has been proven to help students develop essential skills found to significantly reduce tobacco, alcohol, drug abuse and violence – i.e. cut tobacco use by up to 87%, cut marijuana use by up to 75%, and cut alcohol use by up to 60%. Note – A High School Program and a Parent Program are also available through LST, along with Bullying Prevention Programs and Substance Abuse Prevention Programs.
- Starting Neighborhood Watch Groups - Home & Neighborhood Safety Resources, National Crime Prevention Council
- Social Marketing with a newsletter, middle school poster contests, and public service announcements developed by high school students. Various resources are available through the Social Marketing National Excellence Collaborative to help develop social marketing including:
- Anti-Drug Billboards to counter advertising for alcohol and tobacco
- Drug-Free Opportunities for Youth through Late Night Sports activities. Note – Many communities use Midnight Basketball as a drug and crime prevention activity. A sample job description from the Moscow School District in Idaho for a Late Night Program Coordinator who is involved with the Insomnia Outbreak Program and other Safe and Drug-Free School activities can be used as a model to create similar positions elsewhere.
- Project Family Prevention that works with families on drug prevention strategies. Note – Two examples of family drug prevention initiatives are Parents. The Anti-Drug and the Back-to-School Campaign through notMYkid.org. National Families in Action (NFIA) also offers resources to promote drug prevention movements such as links for local, state, and national drug prevention organizations including:
Full-Day Conference on the awareness and prevention of inhalant, prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/SAMHSA (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) is an important source for planning and development of prevention programs with information regarding Funding Opportunities and other specific items including:
Communities That Care Community Planning System – Equips communities with information to create a public health prevention approach to target youth problem behaviors such as violence, delinquency, and substance abuse. Includes 50 PPTs that cover strategic consultation, training, and research-based tools. Additional materials:
A total of 3,035 elementary and middle school students participated in the Botvin Life Skills Training Program during the 2006 school year. Four elementary and four middle schools participated in this initiative.
Leatha Jackson, Division Administrator
812.288.6451 ext. 111