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Youth Development & Substance Use Prevention Program

 Friday Night Live & Club Live 
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(Plumas County Friday Night Live)
The Friday Night Live (FNL) program is designed for high school-aged young people. It is motivated by youth-adult partnerships that create essential and powerful opportunities that enhance and improve local communities. Community service, social action activities, participation in advocacy for safe and healthy environments, and promotion of health policies are organized by youth to appeal to youth. This program is currently in place at Quincy Jr/Sr High School, Portola Jr/Sr High School, Greenville Jr/Sr High School, and Chester Jr/Sr High School and serves around 40 young people in Plumas County.
Friday Night Live Programs:
 - Encourage young people to develop programs that are fun and meaningful
 - Promote messages through shared experiences
 - Encourage peer-oriented programming (youth driven and youth-led)
 - Are goal-directed, action-oriented, and innovative
 - Encourage and empower young people as active leaders and community resources
 - Have broad appeal to diverse ethnic, racial and social groups
 - Encourage youth to care about each other and their environment
 - Offer conferences and training for young people to develop leadership skills
FNL Standards of Practice

Youth in FNL/Club Live programs will experience the following:
  • A Safe Environment
    • Physical Safety – to feel safe physically, free form the risk of harm.
    • Emotional Safety – to feel safe emotionally, to feel like they can be who they are.
  • Opportunities for Community Engagement
    • Knowledge of Community – to learn about their community and its resources.
    • Interaction / Interface with the Community – to interact and work with community members.
    • Communication with the Community – to communicate about the program or youth issues.
    • Contribution to the Community – to give back and serve the community.
  • Opportunities for Leadership & Advocacy
    • Decision-Making and Governance – to participate in decision-making and occupy leadership roles, such as staff or board roles.
    • Youth Voice – to learn to express their opinions constructively and to hear those of others.
    • Action – to take action on issues or projects they care about outside of the program – in the community, at school.
  • Opportunities to Build Caring and Meaningful Relationships with Peers and Adults
    • Peer Knowledge – to learn about their peers and build relationships with them.
    • Adult Knowledge / Guidance – to learn about the adult staff and build relationships with them.
    • Emotional Support – to feel supported emotionally by others in the program.
    • Practical Support – to feel like their practical needs are met by adult staff.
    • A sense of Belonging – to feel like they belong, like they matter to the group and its success.
  • Opportunities to Engage in Interesting and Relevant Skill Development Activities
    • Specific Skills – to develop and build specific skills through program activities.
    • Challenging and Interesting Activities – to engage in interesting and challenging activities.
 To view the Core Components of Friday Night Live, click here
 To view a video from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, click here
 For more information on the California Friday Night Live Partnership, click here.
 Contact the advisor at your school:
Quincy Jr/Sr High School
Nichole Reinert
Quincy High School Advisor
(530) 283-6990

Portola Jr/Sr High School
Nichole Reinert
Quincy High School Advisor
(530) 283-6990

 Greenville Jr/Sr High School
Meagan Miller
Plumas County FNL Program Advisor
(530) 283-6118

Chester Jr/Sr High School
 Melodie Bennett
Chester High School Advisor
(530) 283-7098

LifeSkills Training
Program activities include providing evidence-based curriculum in Jr/Sr high schools. The new edition of Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School program is a ground-breaking substance abuse prevention program based on more than 30 years of rigorous scientific research. It is now updated to be the most effective evidence-based programs used in schools today. LifeSkills Training is a comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally designed to promote positive youth development. In addition to helping children resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, the Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School program also effectively supports the reduction of violence and other high-risk behaviors.”
 This highly interactive program strengthens student resistance skills in the following areas:
• Personal Self-Management Skills
        - Students develop skills that help them enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving abilities, reduce stress and anxiety, and manage anger.
• General Social Skills
        - Students gain skills to meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating clearly, building relationships, and avoiding violence.
• Drug Resistance Skills
        - Students build effective defenses against pressures to use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
        - Students develop skills that help them enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving abilities, reduce stress and anxiety, and manage anger.
 Brief Interventions for Substance Using Adolescents
 AOD Prevention also provides Brief Interventions for Substance Using Adolescents, which includes individual prevention services for youth who have been suspended for alcohol and other drug-related offenses or who have been referred by a school employee or themselves. During brief intervention sessions, the youth will gain skills and resources to assist in coping with life’s pressures during critical stages, which have the potential to otherwise lead to negative choices. Available at Chester Jr/Sr High School, Quincy Jr/Sr High School, Portola Jr/Sr High School, and Greenville Jr/Sr High School. Eight Plumas County youth have completed this program.

For more information, please feel free to contact the Youth Development & Substance Use Prevention Program:

Meagan Miller
Health Education Coordinator/Plumas County FNL County Coordinator
(530) 283-6118

Nichole Reinert
Quincy & Portola High School Advisor
(530) 283-6990

Melodie Bennett
Chester High School Advisor
(530) 283-7098

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