Big Village, in an effort spearheaded by our intrepid intern Jerome Massad, will be hosting a Youth Town Hall in which all Portland teens are invited to come participate in a frank and honest discussion about substance abuse issues and challenges they or their peers may be facing. The event will be held from 5 to 7 PM at the Highland Christian Center located at 7600 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213. The goal of this event is to create a safe place without judgement where kids can feel free to tackle these problems head on.
Peer-to-peer strategies like this one have proven very effective over the years. In fact, they have proven to be 15% more effective than educator led strategies according to the Partnership for Drug Free Kids.
In 2007, Medical News Today reported on a study conducted by Thomas Valente, PhD, where 550 high school students with an average age of 16 years were randomly placed in one of two prevention curricula. One was educator led, and the other led by fellow students. This study, which was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found that the peer led groups were more effective.
Most substance abuse prevention programs disseminate information about the bad effects of drugs and teach resistance skills without considering the impact of peer influence,” said Valente, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. “Generally, our study emphasizes the power of peers. We found that social network-tailored prevention curricula can be very successful in achieving long-term behavioral changes in teenagers.
This will be a teen only event. If your child would like to participate, click the button below to contact us.