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Summit 2020

We are celebrating our 20th annual Taking Flight to Change Middle School Summit and the theme is Connect With Kindness. Middle schools in Sussex County (nearly 5000 kids!) will be participating by viewing powerful videos tailored to our students, taking part in daily Kindness Challenges and will be given opportunities to participate in Instagram Live events with some of our notable presenters. This year’s Summit will provide a uniform message to Sussex County middle school students that they can make a difference and positively affect change within their community in an effort to build empathy and foster resilience. We are confident this week’s events will energize and motivate students just as it has in the past 19 years! Throughout the week, we hope you check us out daily at noon for our Facebook LIVE event and message of the day. A special thank you to our event sponsor, Visions Federal Credit Union, as well as our supporters, Sparta Kiwanis and Selective Insurance Foundation.

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Red Ribbon Week

begins Friday, October 23rd and this year’s theme is “Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug Free.” As we prepare for Red Ribbon Week, we are sharing ideas for daily activities, as well as social media posts to utilize within your school community. Don’t forget to send us pictures of what your students are doing for Red Ribbon Week, we will be sending out emails to highlight your activities.

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The Intersection of Substance Use & LGBTQIA+ Community Workshop

Friday, October 16th, 2020 9am-10:30am – This virtual workshop will provide an opportunity to: Define the basic LGBTQIA+ terminology including: gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Discuss best practices for increasing inclusiveness within health encounters in the substance use space for LGBTQIA+ youth. Understand the risk factors related to the increased prevalence for substance use disorders and dependence in the LGBTQIA+ community

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT

FAMILY FUN NIGHT Brought to you by the Strengthening Families Program This FREE virtual program for the entire family helps families grow together and become stronger Parents and caregivers will have an opportunity to build on their own unique set of strengths in showing love and guidance to their children Youth have an opportunity to develop skills for building a positive future Everyone will have an opportunity to gain support and resources FAMILY ACTIVITIES AND INCENTIVES!

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Week of Respect – October 5th-9th

With New Challenges Come New Opportunities: Covid-19 has revealed new challenges that students face, and while we are socially distant, we are closer than before. Week of Respect is an opportunity for New Jersey schools to focus on building and supporting positive school climates for students, both in person and virtually! The week of respect is an excellent opportunity to kick-start year-long campaigns and initiatives. Center for Prevention and Counseling has provided daily themes, social media posts and projects that are easy for Sussex County schools to replicate during Week of Respect.

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Fall Conference – Creating a Trauma informed Community

A look into how Adverse Childhood Experiences intersect with behavioral health & substance use. Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning journalist and internationally recognized speaker whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology, and human emotion. Her mission is to translate emerging science in a way that helps those with chronic conditions find healing.

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