Mission: To provide education and prevention support for youth struggling with addictive and/or destructive behaviors including drug and alcohol use, abuse and/or addiction.
Method: Provide a reoccurring program consisting of education, training and counsel. The program maintains an open invitation for participation to youth, (approximately 14 through 19) but includes monitored attendance.
The program meets weekly for a one hour period over eight weeks. Additional programming weeks are provided according to need and request that includes the development of a PDP (Personal Development Plan).
Maintaining Healthy Relationships
Personality Profile / Compatibility: The first and second programming periods consist of each participant’s completion of a very detailed personality profile test. This test breaks down the characteristics of each participant’s personality profile into its healthy, average and unhealthy characteristics. The results of the test are utilized throughout the remaining program periods to help each participant better understand the inherent weaknesses and strengths of their personality and how they impact and are impacted by others.
12 Components Of A Healthy Relationship: The third programming period entails discussion centered around a presentation of the 12 components of healthy relationship. The presentation and discussion is crafted to provide the participants with a template or measurement by which they can compare their own personal relationships and determine whether they are healthy and a positive influence or unhealthy and a negative influence on their lives.
How Far Is Too Far In Sex And Dating: The fourth and fifth programming periods combine a presentation that is crafted to help each participant make their own decision and draw their own lines regarding how far is too far in their dating relationships. The presentation uses five guiding principles along with current information and statistical data on STDs, socioeconomic status and family success. It also provides two guiding principles for those who have self-determined that they have already gone too far and desire to affect change.
Conflict Resolution: The sixth and seventh programming periods consist of discussion utilizing a group format and role playing to build conflict resolution skills that include how to keep a conflict from escalating, how to handle a conflict that is already hot, how to affect the final resolution of prior conflicts, and use of a mediator.
Goal Setting and Decision Making
Difference Between Success And Failure: The eighth programming period consists of active learning activities and discussion concerning the difference that each participant’s mental focus, attitude and outlook has on their ultimate success in all areas of life.
Two Types Of Thought: The ninth and tenth programming periods present the two types of thought, conscious and unconscious, and the hard realities of short and long term decision making which includes the overall importance of setting goals. This presentation is crafted to enable each participant to better understand their decision making ability and through personal accountability and the development of goal setting strategies, take responsibility for their future success.
Job Skills Test: The eleventh programming period consists of each participant’s completion of a job aptitude/skill test. This presentation is crafted to enable each participant to learn more about their own skill set and level of competency so that they can make practical decisions regarding their future employment and the importance and or their need of education.
Education and Training Opportunities: The twelfth programming period will provide opportunity for participants to learn about education and training opportunities available to them. This opportunity will include the involvement of outside paraprofessionals from area government and nonprofit agencies/organizations and institutions of higher learning.
Drug and Alcohol Education
Physiological and Psychological Affects: The thirteenth programming period provides the latest information regarding the physiological and psychological affects that drugs and alcohol have on the human mind and body.
Consequences: The fourteenth programming period provides participants opportunity to hear from local, county, state and federal law enforcement the real life consequences of illegal drug and alcohol use, sales and distribution.
Personal Accountability: The fifteenth programming period provides opportunity for participants to hear from personal testimony from those who have been successful in recovery and in all other areas of life.
Steps To Recovery: The sixteenth program period will be both a time to recognize those participants who have completed each of the prior fifteen program periods, and a time to formally present the opportunity for any interested participant to begin a personal journey of recovery with help from a counselor or treatment provider.
Though the program will have an open invitation to all adolescents age 14 through 19 and their continued participation is not mandatory, (unless court ordered), once the program begins, each participant will not be able to leave the program until it has ended unless they have made prior arrangements with the program administrator and have provided written verification. The program will be operated and supervised by two GYFF staff members.
The expected AIES program participants not only range in age and maturity levels, but in motivation and desire to admit and/or address their struggles with drug and alcohol use. This is true whether their attendance of the program is mandatory or voluntary. Therefore, the programming content outlined above was developed to be very practical and truly engaging. Each participant quickly sees that both the program staff and the program content can be a “real and practical” benefit to them personally. In an effort to cause each participant’s “light bulb” to go on regarding this, the programming content is presented utilizing active learning methods where participation is not only encouraged but rewarded with incentives. Program staff are encouraged to focus on personal relationship building along the lines of the old saying, “teens don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. Staff utilizes the relationships built to maintain and promote each participant’s involvement and utilization of other services and programming that can help them become healthy physically, emotionally and spiritually. One of the keys to the AIES program’s success is the collaboration and involvement of local, county and state private, public and government agencies/organizations.