St. Clair County Health Department Offering Free Virtual Summer Prevention Programming
The St. Clair County Health Department is offering free, virtual prevention programming for middle and high school age students. Sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons throughout the summer, beginning June 9th. Instruction will be provided by certified Health Education staff.
As COVID-19 changed the routine and structure of the community, how have these unprecedented times impacted our youth? Restrictions on attending safe places like school, activities, sports; with limited access to teachers, counselors, mentors and peers, may have increased the chances of developing unhealthy behaviors, getting into trouble, or substance use. Evidence-based programming will help teens learn and build coping, communication and resistance skills, emotional intelligence and conflict resolution strategies. Sessions will be interactive and include fun activities.
Three different programs are being offered:
- LifeSkills emphasizes building personal self-management social, and drug resistance skills; targeted for 6th and 7th grade age groups.
- Project ALERT aims to motivate against drug use, create non-use attitudes and beliefs, and promote strategies to resist drugs; targeted for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade age groups.
- A vaping seminar will provide education on e-cigarettes, identifying triggers, and health consequences; targeted for ages 10 and older.
For more information or to register, contact the Health Department at (810) 987-5300.