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Healthy Communities
Growing
Healthy Youth

 

Committed to growing a healthy community through the reduction of the use of alcohol and other drugs by our youth.

As years of youth drug use seemed to go unchecked by adults in Harvey County, a small group of people saw the opportunity to engage community leaders and officials in the effects of this use on our communities. At a Town Hall Meeting hosted by the local substance prevention treatment center, Mirror Inc., county-specific data from the Kansas Communities That Care student survey were cited indicating that we were higher than the state in youth 30-day use of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs.

The superintendent for the Newton school district shared, saying, "These are the people who will be taking care of us and our community. We have to engage more of these students and change these statistics."

This group of key leaders then provided some financial support and a commitment to send representatives to be part of a future drug-free youth coalition. The Harvey County D-FY began in August of 2017, growing from a groundswell of interest by community leaders. With strong community buy-in from 12 sectors of support, Harvey County D-FY is striving for a renewed culture of health and positivity for current and future youth.

 

Coalition Strategies

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Empowering Youth to Become Peer Leaders

Mirror's county-wide STAND program empowers teens to stand in strength to impact their schools and communities in a positive way by promoting health, hope, and connectedness utilizing evidence-based prevention.

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Changing the Culture of Athletics and Activities

School Administration, Parents, Youth, Law Enforcement, and Community members have come together revamp the Code of Conduct to raise the cultural standard for athletes and activities participants. But that's only the beginning...

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Educating the Community

Coalition members selected the It Matters Kansas informational campaign to disseminate information to parents and community members.

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Changing the Tobacco Environment

Partnering with the Healthy Harvey Coalition, Harvey County D-FY is working to change the age to buy tobacco products in our county to 21.

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Prevention in the Community

Partnering with the school district and community organizations, Harvey County D-FY is implementing evidence-based prevention programming throughout the county.

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Empowering Parents to Encourage Healthy Behaviors

Research found that the majority of underage drinking in Harvey County was happening in homes, whether in their own home, or in a friend's home. The Coalition is working on efforts to change this norm.

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Investing in Youth Mental Health

With youth depression and suicidal thoughts data being higher that the state average, STAND youth identified the need for mental health and suicide prevention initiatives.

 

New Member Materials

Below is a list of new member resources. Explore the site for more resources and information!

 

How to Get Involved

Make a Difference for our Youth!

Let Us Know

Contact us using the contact section on the bottom of the page. We would love to connect with you.

Come to a Coalition Meeting

Like us on Facebook for updates about our next meeting!

Get Involved

Talk to us about how you can get involved in Harvey County D-FY. We would love to have your help, skills, and passions!

 

Parent Resources

 

Coalition Resources

 
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Attn: Prevention
Mirror Inc.
130 E 5th Street
Newton, KS 67114

316-283-6743