Community and School Relations
The goal of the program is to improve and support the safety, health, well-being, and positive development of students. The program strengthens alcohol and other drugs prevention strategies and intervention related issues, provides anti-bullying/harassment training, support for violence prevention resources, peer-to-peer student initiatives that build and strengthen asset development, school safety equipment, and parent education and leadership development programs through the Kenosha Parent Network.
The three major ongoing district goals are:
- to increase student's developmental assets,
- to increase a sense of safety with the schools, and
- to increase student peer group/parent participation and AODA violence prevention knowledge.
The Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth of Kenosha County Steering Committee reviews the effectiveness annually. Members provide input for further program development. Public and non-public schools are invited to participate in The program programs, meetings and receive prevention resources.
Highlights & Activities
Greater Kenosha Community Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Committee
- Contests: The committee annually sponsors an array of contests that focus on promoting alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse (ATODA) prevention awareness. Contests include slogan, poster, creative writing, and a special program award.
- Special Project Award - All schools can apply for an award to implement a special program and/or project that will have a lasting impact on and education of children and youth regarding the effects of ATODA.
- High School Scholarship - A $500 scholarship is awarded to a high school student. A student may enter by writing a poem, essay and/or musical piece. See high school counselors for criteria.
- Greater Kenosha Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Awareness Week
"Your future will be bright if your choice is right."
The 2012 award-winning slogan was submitted to the Greater Kenosha Community Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Awareness Committee by Allison S., a fifth grade student at Prairie Lane Elementary School.
For additional information regarding the schedule, please call 359-2256.
Concerned Citizens Coalition
- Drug-Free School Zones -- Drug Free School Zone signs is a national effort to deter the sale of drugs to children and youth. The U.S. congress pass a law in 1988 and Wisconsin passed a parallel law in 1989 which indicated that an increase of five years imprisonment for anyone attempting to deal drugs within 1,000 feet of a public park, swimming pool, youth center, community center, and public or private schools. In 1990, the Concerned Citizens Coalition initiated the project throughout Kenosha County. The signs are sponsored by the Coalition, in cooperation with the Kenosha Unified School District. All schools and youth organizations may request a sign.
- Red Ribbon Campaign -- The National Red Ribbon Campaign is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The red ribbon began as a symbol of hope for people taking a stand against illegal drugs and the misuse of legal drugs. The annual Kenosha County Red Ribbon Campaign is a jointly sponsored event between the Coalition and the Safe and Drug Free Schools/Communities Programs. For additional information on the history of the Red Ribbon campaign, refer to Red Ribbon Week.
- Teen Task Force -- A group of adolescents that promote healthy choices and drug-free lifestyles. This group provides activities, community service projects, and peer-to-peer mentoring for youth throughout Kenosha County.
- Youth and Family Activity Guide -- A Kenosha County area resource guide for families and residents of county. the guide provides information on different volunteer opportunities, events, and resources that occur throughout the year.
Healthy Communities / Healthy Youth of Kenosha County
This county-wide organized group strives to promote and strengthen the Search Institute's mission of the Forty Developmental Assets. Sharing information, providing resources, and community presentations are included in their goals.
For more information, contact Patricia Demos:
Community/School Relations Manager of the Safe & Drug Free Schools and Community Programs
3600 52nd Street
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144