Well, all, it's with mixed emotions that I write this, my last TAC AmeriCorps report. My service term is up on July 15th, and I will soon be headed back to Wisconsin and graduate school. Here's what I've been up to lately:
TAll Cop Says Stop
Back on June 15th, I had the opportunity to attend a training called High in Plain Sight. Sponsored by ESD 113/True North, Officer Jermaine Galloway talked about current trends in drug and alcohol logos, clothing, hats, etc., drug concealment methods and containers, drug paraphernalia (especially around marijuana concentrates and dabbing), synthetic and OTC drugs, and how technology is being used by youth around drugs. It was an incredibly informative training! I attended the training in Hoquiam, but the same training was offered in Naselle the next day as well. If you want more information about Jermaine Galloway and/or what he talks about, check out his website here: http://www.tallcopsaysstop.com/
Peer Helper Surveys- Results
I finished administering the Peer Helper Surveys to all North County 6th-11th grade students and compiled the results. The top five issues teens are facing as identified by the students are:
1. Gossip (337 students)
2. School-related Stress (323)
3. Bullying (305)
4. Drug and Alcohol Use (213)
5. Family Conflict (208)
We use these results to steer our Peer Helper Retreat, making sure we helping our teens address the issues they feel are most important for their peers.
A requirement of the AmeriCorps team, I have been putting together a "Sustainability Binder" for the next TAC/WCN AmeriCorps member who will start in September. It's been a lot of fun becuase I've been mentally revisiting all the work I've had the opportunity to do for TAC over the last ten and a half months- it's been a blast! Included in the binder will be: important contacts, descriptions of all my projects for TAC and WCN, login and other logistics-type information, and hopefully any other information someone will need to step into this role and hit the ground running.
So long, and thanks for all the fish
All the best, and with much love,