Help Teens Guard Against Distracted Driving!
In today’s world of “driving while texting / talking, teens can easily get distracted. But the “Guard Your Life Challenge / BMW Driving Experience” can teach teens ages 15-19 about the dangers of distracted driving; basic braking skills; vehicle stability; and traction control & ABS Systems and the effects these systems have on a vehicle. The next class is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2013. For more information or to register, visit http://guardyourlifechallenge.com/Driving_Experience.html.
Thanks to Jersey Mike’s for Providing Free Red Ribbons to Greenville County Schools and a Special Treat for Students!
As a supporter of GFP’s mission of keeping kids off alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, for several years Jersey Mike’s has generously donated red ribbons to local schools in support of “Red Ribbon Week” and usually offers a special incentive to those students who wear a Jersey Mike’s ribbon in to one of their stores to encourage them to live a healthy, drug-free life style. So, show your appreciation of Jersey Mike’s efforts by patronizing their establishment and say, "Thank you"!
Red Ribbon Works Is Having a Closeout Sale!
If you are a school celebrating “Red Ribbon Week”, please be sure to check out the “Red Ribbon Works Closeout Out Sale” on balloons, balls, bookmarks, decals, color ons, how-to booklets, stickers, ribbons, weepuls, pledge cards, posters, lollipops, key chains, and buttons at “bargain basement” prices while supplies last! “Red Ribbon Week” is just around the corner, so don’t miss out on great giveaways for your students! The prices on these items have never been lower! Visit the “Red Ribbon Store”!
Also, while you’re at it… If you are looking for ideas and suggestions on “Red Ribbon Week” Activities, check out the "Red Ribbon / Ideas" section of the Greenville Family Partnership web site! Have a great Red Ribbon Week!
2014 “Are You Above The Influence? Show Me”:
Youth Making a Difference in Schools and Communities!
On Saturday, October 26th, 2013, Greenville Family Partnership partnered with a variety of organizations to once again host “Project RX: A River Remedy.” Locations for this event included McAlister Square, St. Francis Millennium Campus, and Greenville County Medical Society. Project RX began at 10 a.m. coming to a close at 2:00pm. Pharmacists were stationed to sort medications and were available to answer any questions. Greenville County Sheriff’s Office was onsite to collect and weigh medications for incineration.
The purpose of this collaboration, once again, was to help keep our rivers and residents safe from unused prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Greenville Family Partnership, Renewable Water Resources, Bon Secour St. Francis Health System, DEA, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville County Medical Society, Upstate Forever, and DNA Creative Communications all partnered for this summer’s event. Other supporters included: Whole Foods, Greenville News, Greenville Journal, Carolinas Institute for Community Policing, Presbyterian College, Greenville Tech, and Keep Greenville County Beautiful.
This fall event was very successful with Upstate totals rising to 2,530 lbs. of medication. Site totals were as follows:
- McAlister Square: 550 lbs.
- Greenville County Medical Society: 190 lbs.
- St. Francis Millennium: 128 lbs.
- Total Project RX collection: 868 lbs.
A huge thank you to those who participated and volunteered at this event to help make a positive impact on our community by keeping our rivers and residents safe!
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Jordan at 467-4099.
The 2013 “Green Valley Red Ribbon Golf Classic Tournament” Had Winners All Around!
Brad Grice, Investigator for Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, hit a hole in one on the Par 3 #14 hole and won a Honda donated by Breakaway Honda at the "Green Valley 2013 Red Ribbon Golf Classic" held on Monday, September 23, 2013 at Green Valley Country Club in Travelers Rest SC!
“I am totally shocked,” said Brad. “I was in total disbelief until I saw the ball in the hole. I am blessed to be a part of such a great organization. It was perfect timing to win since my wife’s car is about to die.”
Presenting sponsors included Carson’s Nut-Bolt & Tool; PowerSource; AFL; and the Greenville Health System. The thirty-four participating teams from businesses / organizations including the Greenville Health System; Philpot Law Firm; the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office; Ansco & Associates; and NAI Earle Furman among others helped to raise $80,100. Proceeds will benefit local drug prevention and parenting programs in schools, churches, and businesses.
- First Place – Greenville Health System – Eric Nash, Jay Babcock, Tyler Durham, Jon Papps. Players won a set of Michelin Tires donated by Michelin North America.
- Second Place – Philpot Law Firm – Eric Philpot, Irv Philpot, Ricky Laws, David Traynham. Players won a $250 Green Valley Gift Certificate donated by Green Valley Country Club.
- Third Place – Greenville County Sheriff’s Office – Steve Loftis, Chris Cooper, Brad Grice, Jimmy Wilson. Players won a Milwaukee Cordless 2 Tool Combo Kit, donated by Carson’s Nut Bolt & Tool.
- Longest Drive – Jason Livingston, Ansco & Associates – won a $150 Gift Certificate to Green Valley Country Club, donated by Green Valley Country Club.
- Closest to the Pin – Drew Stamm, NAI Earle Furman – won a Milwaukee Cordless Hex Impact Driver donated by Carson’s Nut Bolt & Tool.
“We’re happy for Deputy Brad Grice,” said Carol Reeves, Executive Director of Greenville Family Partnership (GFP). “Proceeds from the ‘Red Ribbon Golf Classic’ will help GFP keep kids off drugs.”
GFP Receives $3,000 Grant from IBM Community Grant Program!
Greenville Family Partnership (GFP) has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the IBM Community Grant Program. This grant will be used to support its “Youth Empowerment Program”, a peer led effort that offers three ties of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education and prevention to youth in Greenville County throughout the year. This program reaches a minimum of 500 underserved youth ages 9-16 in the city and rural areas of Greenville County. It includes the support of and planning for the “Annual Greenville Youth Summit” which draws youth from all over the county to participate in life changing discussions.
The IBM Community Grant Program applies resources to specific projects and programs that fit within targeted areas of interest to enhance support of communities both nation- and world-wide. For many years, IBM in Greenville has been a partner and great supporter of GFP through employee & retiree volunteers and technology workshops & guidance whenever possible.
“We are eternally grateful to IBM, their wonderful employees & retirees, and their community involvement,” said Carol Reeves, Executive Director of Greenville Family Partnership. “We are more efficient and effective in producing outcomes because of our support from IBM.”
Tobacco-Free Families Day at the Furman Football Game Keeps Kids Tobacco-Free!
On Saturday, October 5th, Tobacco Free Families and Greenville Family Partnership set up camp at Furman University prior to the Paladins’ football game against Elon. Alongside staff and volunteer board members, Furman soccer players and red-shirt freshman football players came to engage kids and families in activities and conversations about healthy tobacco-free lifestyles.
Among the activities were a corn-hole toss, coloring activities, a “wheel” of health questions, hula-hoops, and a real set of lungs. The National Elks Club brought their “Drug Prevention” Trailer with lots of educational materials. Zaxby’s provided free lunches and each attendee received a free ticket into the football game. After autographing posters for the kids, many of the football players took time to throw passes with the kids as the Furman cheerleaders came and led us in a cheer. Around 300 participants came to our event throughout the morning and enjoyed a beautiful day of education, fun and football.
Through “Tobacco Free Families Day”, our goal is to teach kids about the detriments of tobacco use and help them make good decisions when they are offered the chance to smoke or use any tobacco product. In South Carolina, the average age of a kid trying their first cigarette is twelve, and cigarette smoking is determined to be the gateway to using harsher drugs and alcohol. By working directly with kids and their families, we are hopefully preventing these kids from ever trying tobacco. Events like “Tobacco Free Families Day” help encourage and empower our youth through awareness and education. We are looking forward to the spring as we partner once again with Furman during baseball season and another fun “Tobacco Free Families” event.
Written by Meryl McMahon, Project Director of Healthy South Carolina Initiative
Parenting Classes—enhance the parenting skills of parents, grandparents, and other caring adults; help in the development of positive discipline, communication & anger management skills, and increase the knowledge of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
GFP offers the following parenting classes:
- Parenting Wisely — enhances parenting skills & instills confidence in parents of young children. Download Brochure
- Back in Control — helps parents get “back in control” when a kid or teen is “out of control” (Provided in Cooperation with the SC Dept. of Juvenile Justice) Download Brochure
- TransParenting - helps divorced parents communicate effectively in regards to children to lessen the negative effects of divorce on kids; it is nationally recognized by courts and attorneys. More Info or Download Brochure
- Other Classes
Parenting Classes may also be tailored to suit a particular topic or audience. For more information or to schedule a parenting class, contact Lynn Hooper or Terry Taylor at 467-4099. Or, you may send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Safe Homes Parent Support Network
- "A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain
- "Above the Influence (for teens)
- Bath Salts: It Could Cause You to Lose Not Only a Limb But Also Your Life!
- Bath Salts, K2 / Spice – A Synthetic Drug Guide for Parents and Other Influencers
- Bath Salts SlideShare Presentation / Partnership for a Drug Free America
- Cell Phone Safety!
- Crucial Conversations Tip Card
- DEA Synthetic Drugs Fact Sheets
- Dragonfly: What this Deadly New Drug Means for Your Family!
- "Drugs of Abuse for Parents"
- Easy-to-Read Drug Facts / National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Family Check Up: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse
- Get Smart About Drugs / DEA
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Substance Abuse! (She Knows.com)
- Media Awareness: A School Guide (AdMedia)
- Parents’ Translational Research Center / Treatment Research Institute
- PACT 360 (Partnership for a Drug Free America)
- Put Your Medicines Up and Away and Out of Sight!
- Talking to Your Child About Drugs (Recovery Connection)
- Teaching Kids About Drugs and Alcohol (Addiction 401)
- Time to Talk
- Too Smart to Start
A NETWORK OF PARENTS WORKING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE A SAFE HOME, A SAFE FROM ALCOHOL, A SAFE FROM DRUGS, AND A SAFE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT----More
Underage Drinking – a Youth Perspective...
It’s no secret that society doesn’t have the best view on Generation Y – those born sometime between the 1980s and the early 2000s. With teens seemingly on a self-destructive path of drugs, sex, alcohol, and uninhibited behavior, there’s genuine cause to worry about the future of our generation.
One of the major problems seen in the teenage community today - and one that is related to many of the other problems - is underage drinking. Constantly influenced by shows like “Jersey Shore” and “Buckwild” that attempt to glorify a life free of rules and responsibility; inspired by “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) and “living for the nights you can’t remember with people you’ll never forget”; and having been raised with a “Project X” mentality, teens today seem to think that there is no fault in drinking and genuinely believe that they have to drink in order to have fun.
In my personal view, underage drinking is just dumb! As an 18 year old and a senior in high school, I just can’t seem to understand why any of my peers want to drink. I mean, not only is it illegal (and comes with severe consequences if caught) but it also effects cognitive processes and brain development. Now, I don’t know about everyone else, but I personally want to do something with my life, and the thought of impairing my brain from completely developing or getting an arrest or other charge that’s permanently on my record completely freaks me out.
Nonetheless, at times it seems as if every teen drinks on a regular basis and lives for the weekend so they can get so drunk they barely remember what happened the next morning. Not just that, but more and more teens today are getting fake IDs and attempting to go to clubs and restaurants to buy and consume alcohol in public. WHAT?! Sometimes, I just really wish I could smack some kind of sense into the teens that are doing ridiculous stuff like this!
When I ask some of my classmates why they drink, the most common responses I get are “Why DON’T you drink?”; “Because it’s fun”; “I like it”; “I don’t know, I just do”; or, my personal favorite, “Everyone does it”. It completely shocks me, but for some unexplainable reason, teens today seem to think that the only way to have fun is to get drunk; maybe it’s because every time they see someone having fun on a show or in a movie, it’s because they got so drunk they couldn’t remember what happened – think, “The Hangover” (although yes, I know, they took Rohypnol).
Well, call me crazy, but I’d rather actually REMEMBER having a good time with my friends, not acting like an idiot and having everyone make fun of me, while I’m thinking I had a good time because the only thing I remember is that I “released my inhibitions” (felt the rain on my skin) and people were laughing.
For more of my rant on underage drinking and what I think parents should be doing to address this problem, check out my video in this section of the Greenville Family Partnership website. Until next time, stay classy Greenville!
Written by: Taurice Bussey, GFP Intern