• How to Start a Youth Services Committee
  • Ideas for Elementary Youth Services Programs
  • Ideas for Middle and High Youth Services Programs
  • Red Ribbon Week Ideas
  • Youth Services Topics and Suggested Websites
  • Joshua’s Law – New Driving Requirements for Georgia Teens
  • Joshua’s Law Brochure
  • Best Ideas from 2007 Local Unit Reports
Ages 9 to 12 Growth and Development – What Parents Need to Know
Human development is a lifelong process of physical, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional growth and change.  Each stage of development encompasses specific markers.  Read more…
TOP 10 Ways to Raise a Safe and Healthy Teen (www.theantidrug.com)
  1. Show love, warmth and interest in your teen
  2. Spend time together regularly
  3. Share your expectations about risk-taking and other behaviors
  4. Set clear rules for safety and guidance
  5. Consistently enforce rules with clear consequences
  6. Keep track of your teen
  7. Ask questions about your teen’s activities and whereabouts
  8. Praise your teen as often as possible
  9. Show respect to earn respect
  10. Set a good example, especially when it comes to substance use
Resources
For information or tips for talking to your teens about drinking and drug use, please visit these informative web sites:
  • www.theantidrug.com (Click on resources- “Conversations: What to say”)
  • www.MediaCampaign.org The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.
  • www.niaaa.nih.gov National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction, “Make a Difference:Talk to Your Child About Alcohol”)
  • www.livedrugfree.org The Council on Alcohol and Drugs
  • www.ccapsa.org Cobb Community Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse
  • v4pga.org Voices For Prevention – Georgia Voices Unified to Prevent Substance Abuse
Child Abuse Prevention Resources
  • Preventing Child Abuse: What Everyone Should Know
  • Healthy Families Georgia (HFG) Fact Sheet – HFG is a continuum of voluntary, research-based services designed to reach out to all parents of newborns in Georgia by offering support and information to families starting prenatally or at the time of the birth of their baby.
  • Volunteer Opportunities at Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
Spanish-Language Publications Available
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is pleased to offer FREE Spanish-language materials for families, teachers, community members, and health care professionals. Many of these materials are part of the NIDA Goes Back to School campaign, a health education initiative aimed at helping our Nation’s youth to better understand the consequences of drug abuse on the brain and the body.
One of the greatest challenges today is to reduce health disparities among our various communities. Providing the best information on the science behind drug abuse to those who work with our Nation’s young people will take us one step closer to reducing these disparities.
Some of the FREE Spanish-language science education publications include:
  • Conjunto de ocho boletines informativos de la serie Explorando la mente (complete set of Mind Over Matter posters)
  • La marihuana: Información para los adolescentes (Marijuana: Facts for Teens)
  • La marihuana: Lo que los padres deben saber (Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know-English version coming soon)
  • Juventud latina : Hable con sus hijos sobre las drogas y sus peligros (Latino Youth: Speak to Your Children About Drugs and Their Dangers)
  • Cómo prevenir el uso de drogas en los niños y los adolescentes. Una guía con base científica para padres, educadores y líderes de la comunidad. Segunda edición. (Preventing Drug Use Among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders, Second Edition)
  • Drugs and the Body: It Isn’t Pretty (a two-sided poster available in Spanish and English)
To order these FREE publications (in Spanish or English):