Power of Choice

  • The Power of Choice is a primary substance abuse prevention program focused on growing the number of youth who make healthy choices about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

    This is a massive communications campaign taking place in all District 203 and District 204 high schools and junior high/middle schools.

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    Power of Choice Link Keep Talking to Your Child about Drugs and Alcohol…They Really are Listening-­‐-­‐Parents often believe that their pre-­‐teens are not listening and don’t care what they have to say. The Power of Choice recently asked several 6-­‐8th grade students from Districts 203 and 204, “What advice would you give parents of future 6th, 7th & 8th graders?”

    Their overwhelming response was, “Keep talking to your kids even when it looks like they’re not listening. They need you to keep talking…we really are listening.” The truth is, young people ARE listening to their parents. Read the Parents Use Your Power January Newsletter for tips about how to have those very important conversations with your child about drugs and alcohol at: http://thepowerofchoice.info/newsletters/  
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    Talk to your teens about your family values and the choices and risks associated with substance use.  You have a significant impact on the choices your teens make.  
    Check out this month's Parents Use Your Power newsletter to learn more.

    PowerTalk activities are designed to give families tools to have those important conversations that reinforce skills that help young people build resilience and health.
    Families can use this month's PowerTalk activity to learn that the way you say something can affect how your message is communicated


    The middle school years can present challenges to young people and their parents. It is a transition period that can leave some adolescents more vulnerable to risky behaviors and unhealthy choices.  Building resiliency skills in children helps to prepare them to navigate through difficult situations to reach a more positive conclusion.  

    One resiliency skill that is particularly important to master is that of effective communication.  This month's newsletter provides a strategy to remind our children to T-H-I-N-K about what they are going to say BEFORE they say it.  This strategy will help them to avoid gossip, rumors and hurtful words and begin to make them more aware of how their words have the power to affect others.

    The Power of Choice is a collaborative led by 360 Youth Services.
    Partners: Napervile School District 203, Indian Prairie School District 204, Naperville Police Department, DuPage County Health Department, Kidsmatter, Aurora Police Department, District 203 & 204 parents and the Center for Prevention Research and Development.  
    Funded in part by IL Department of Human Services
                                360 Youth Services provides life-changing services for youth
    through prevention education, counseling, and shelter.

    360 Youth Services is a 501(c)3 organization and is grateful for contributions.


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