The Proud To Be Drug-Free Campaign will increase the perception of risk of marijuana use and the risk of underage drinking and laws relating to providing alcohol to minors. It will address youth usage rates , Selma City and Dallas County crime rates, health dangers of using marijuana, impact on IQ, as well as dangers of underage drinking. This messaging will be conveyed using posters; radio spots; newspaper articles and advertisements; social media; website banners; billboards. It will also include enhancing the skills of retailers providing training on the importance of carding those purchasing alcohol and information on the difference between licenses for those under 21 and over 21. Acknowledge retail stores who refuse to sell drug paraphernalia by providing positive signage highlighting marijuana use is dangerous and not acceptable in the community.
The HOPE SHOW!
Every 2nd Tuesday on 94.7 FM DFC leads our community in a discussion of the current trends of alcohol and substance abuse among minors, while using positive incentives and encouraging information to bring hope to our people, empowering everyone to become a Certified Hope Dealer. The show is also live Streamed on Facebook on WJAM 94.7 FM Selma and The Drug Free Communities of Dallas County Facebook page. The show is hosted by DFC Director, Jerria Martin. Special guests have included school board members, law enforcement officials, media executives, and a host of other community partners.
Junior Hope Show
Every 2nd Tuesday on 96.3 FM DFC and the Junior Dealers interview different people in our community about the importance of being drug free, ways to encourage our youth and how they got to lived streamed in today. The show is also live Streamed on Facebook on 96.3 Da Bomb Facebook page and The Drug Free Communities of Dallas County Facebook page. The show is hosted by DFC Director, Junior Hope Dealers and cohosted by our Junior Hope Dealers, Aamir Hicks, Sydney Pritchett, and Wilks Chittom. Special guests have included school board members, law enforcement officials, media executives, and a host of other community partners.
DFC has a twelve sector membership responsible for the overseeing the implementation of the activities of the grant. This coalition is a community collaboration focusing on all areas of well-being for children, youth and families. The focus is to continue to collect data to assess the community’s greatest problems related to youth substance use. The coalition will continue to build it capacity to address these problems and through its 12-Month Action Plan will implement evidence-based strategies to reduce youth alcohol use and increase perception of risk relating to youth marijuana use.
Jr. Hope Dealers
The program is comprised of a group of high school and middle school students and one faculty advisor. Schools select their Peer Helpers in different ways, some of which require an interview for admission into the program. Each program identifies the needs of its student body and organizes ways in which to make each campus better. Peer Helpers must be drug and alcohol free and have the desire to promote positive lifestyle decisions to their peers. Throughout the school year, Peer Helpers head campaigns against underage drinking, tobacco, bullying, etc. They promote leadership, involvement, and kindness to other students. They also mentor fellow students who seek their assistance with personal issues.
Jr. Hope Dealer’s Real Deal Drug Journey
Drug Free Communities of Dallas County is proud of our Jr. Hope Dealers and the work they are doing to help alleviate drug and substance abuse in their schools. As the school year progressed we gave our students an informed understanding of Selma’s drug problem and the impact it has on young lives. Thus, each school nominated two Jr. Hope Dealers to represent them in our Real Deal Drug Journey. This program included a guided tour of the Dallas County Jail and chat with local law enforcement agents, attending a local Drug Court session and luncheon with local community leaders, and a final trip to Montgomery, touring the House of Representatives, speaking with several state leaders, and participating in a mock legislative session on the legalization of marijuana. Students were given notebooks and a camera to better capture their journey. After each session, the student representatives shared their experiences with their designated Hope Dealer group.