SPOTLIGHT: Detroit Affiliate’s Youth Prevention Services

SPOTLIGHT: Detroit Affiliate’s Youth Prevention Services

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence—Greater Detroit Area (NCADD-GDA) is known for serving many of Metro Detroit’s most talented youth. NCADD-GDA’s Youth Prevention programs target under-served, economically disadvantaged youth ages 10-21.

The programs’ mission is to provide a safe environment where youth receive support and resources needed to be drug-free, attain academic success, and develop social responsibility. These services are delivered by two unique programs: S.T.E.P.S. (Strong Teens Excelling In Prevention Services) and SAFETY (Successful Alliance For Educating Talented Youth).

SAFETY (Successful Alliance For Educating Talented Youth)
The SAFETY program’s target population is underserved, economically disadvantaged teens, ages 10-18. Its mission is to provide a safe environment where youth receive the support and resources needed to graduate from high school. They also are encouraged to become productive citizens of the community. Services are provided through collaborations with Detroit Public Schools, Detroit Housing Commission, Detroit Bureau of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery, and other community organizations.

STEPS (Strong Teens Excelling In Prevention Services)
The aim of the STEPS program is to improve school climate, attendance, achievement scores, disciplinary referrals/suspensions, parent and community involvement, services for high-risk students, efficiency and effectiveness. STEPS positively affects 13-17 year olds’ social skills through improved self-concept, professionalism, interpersonal/social skills and, in turn, has a positive impact on their personal lives. Ultimately, the program prevents the use of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and violence.

As well, STEPS has year-round programming by way of its after school program from 4PM to 7PM twice a week. Teens love this dynamic format which strengthens social skills and arms youth with ammunition to stand up against bullies, abusers, dealers, media ploys, and other negative influences. STEPS also produces a Prevention Radio Show each Tuesday that allows peer to peer engagement via the airwaves and internet. It is titled TOPS (The Official Push-Back Show) and is a one-of-a-kind Prevention Radio platform which boasts “Happy To Be Thug & Drug Free!” Adults and teens are invited to tune in nation-wide to hear exciting topics and Push-Backs that combat negative influences. Program members and guest speakers take center stage as the program seeks to keep more people safe from the entanglement of drugs, underage drinking, texting & driving, bullying, unhealthy life styles, gambling, prescription drug abuse, and more.

STEPS also provides paid summer internships to teens ages 13-17. The 6-week summer program features community service events, trips/outings, and more. It is a free program, but teens must meet the following requirements to participate: live in Wayne County; maintain 85% or better school attendance, participate fully in the Radio Broadcasts, and not be in Summer School.

For more information:
NCADD-GDA
2400 East McNichols Road
Detroit, Michigan 48212
313.868.1340 PH / 313.865.8951 FAX
www.ncadd-detroit.org

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