Needs Assessment & Strategic planning
SLPP conducted a comprehensive needs assessment of the risk and protective factors associated with youth substance use (please see assessment below). In the summer of 2017, in evaluating the data collected through the assessment, the coalition decided to focus on the following factors:
The norms and perceptions of youth substance use among peers
Family engagement and supporting positive conversations between parents/guardians/caretakers and youth around substance use
Community awareness around topics associated with youth substance use/abuse
Click here to see the needs assessment report: SLPP Community Needs Assessment
To address the factors listed above, the coalition decided to focus on the following strategies:
youth social Norms campaign:
Youth in Larimer County perceive their peers using alcohol, marijuana, and pills much more than than youth actually report (please see needs assessment for relevant data). In partnership with Rise Above Colorado, and the Youth Advisory Commissions (YAC) of Loveland and Berthoud, SLPP is implementing a positive youth social norms campaign called Thompson Teens United, with the goal of shifting the norms around substance use in the community.
To learn more click here: Thompson Teens United Facebook
Speak Now! Parent Engagement INITIATIVE:
Speak Now! is a social marketing initiative with tools for parents to engage their children in meaningful conversations around substance use/abuse. This strategy focuses on supporting parents in creating a safe environment for trusting conversations with youth family members around the dangers of substance use. In addition to the social marketing, this strategy also has a train the trainer component, where trained coalition partners facilitate SpeakNow! learning sessions with both parents and other parent educators.
To learn more click here: Speak Now!
Sources of Strength - Peer Mentoring within Schools
Sources of Strength (SOS) is a peer to peer mentoring program that builds youth resiliency by supporting positive peer to peer interaction, family support, healthy activities and a host of others. This evidence-based program is proven to prevent suicide, but also fosters the same positive factors that prevent substance use/abuse. Southern Larimer Prevention Partnership helps support Thompson School District's commitment in providing and implementing the SOS curriculum within all of its secondary and middle schools.
To learn more click here: Sources of Strength
Community engagement and readiness
The coalition also prioritized an effort to engage the Loveland and Berthoud community on a variety of topics associated with youth substance use/abuse. Trainings and community presentations on topics such as trauma and substance use, Positive Youth Development (PYD), and LGBTQIA+ inclusion, are some of the topics of focus for the 2018-2019 calendar year.
Upcoming Trainings/Events: N/A