To wrap up our perspectives on prevention series, we challenged the participants to provide their perspectives in a U-Tell-Us Segment. We got their perspective through asking questions to the group.
Q: Do students some misuse substances? A: Yes
Q: What are the most commonly misused substances by students? A: Weed, rx, vape, Jewels, heroin, alcohol carfentanil, cigarettes.
Q: Why do students try substance? A: they are all around them; peer pressure; their parents use; something to do/pass time; brain not developed so they can’t make good decisions; to feel better about themselves.
Q: How many middle school students have tried substances? A: All 1; Most 9; Some 5; few 1
Q: What can you do to help prevent friends from using? A: Tell them the harmful side effects; tell them personal stories.
For many years the Kingswood Youth Center has participated in the biannual Global Art Project for Peace. Through this project, students from around the world challenge themselves to create a work of art depicting a message of piece. Each group is paired with a group from another county. At the end of April, paired groups mail one-another their works of art.
This year the KYC is paired with Saints Cyril and Methodius Elementary School in city of Kubrat in the province of Razgrad in Bulgaria. Today we mailed our art work to our counterparts in Bulgaria.
We created a mobile of plastic pods decorated with messages of peace. The frame of the mobile is a peace sign.
From more info on the Global Art Project for Peace, check out their website: http://www.globalartproject.org/
Here’s a picture from the KYC’s first every overnight! What a fun couple of days at Camp Sentinel! We will take two overnight trips before the end of the school year!
Yesterday in BTAS! (beyond the after school) a group of took an evening hike to Whiteface Mountain, right here in Wolfeboro.
The trail starts as a woods road approaching the mountain.
Perfect weather for a spring hike!
We hung out at the ledges just beyond the summit before heading down.
Whiteface offers a very nice view for a short hike. Great views to the White Mountains and Green Mountain, a peak the KYC has hiked before!
Great hike with a group from the KYC! More to come!
Last Friday was White Horse Addiction Center’s 3rd Annual Freedom Event. White Horse works closely with the KYC, supporting our substance misuse prevention programs. Each Wednesday, Eric Moran, CRSW volunteers at the KYC. This year, White Horse invited students who participated in the Substance Free Me! essay contest to their event. The winner read the winning essay at the event! Thank you White Horse and Congrats KYCers.
Our group with the KYC’s good friend, Eric.
It was great to see our KYCers, our friends from White Horse, and so many community members at this well attended event.
The big moment!
And the winner is…Jaclyn Smith! Congratulations Jaclyn!
Jaclyn read her essay to an audience of about 200 people. She is pictured here with (from left to right) Marty Boldin, the Governor’s Adviser on Substance Use Disorder Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery, Governor Chris Sununu, White Horse CEO, Mitch Yeaton, two of her peers, Eric Moran, CRSW, White Horse’s Recovery Resource Center Manager, and Chucky Rosa of Chucky’s Fight.
NH Governor, Chris Sununu congratulated our participants!
Chucky Rosa of Chucky’s Fight spoke at the event. Chucky congratulated our participants and gave them the opportunity to take a pledge to stay substance free.
What a fun night! Thank you White Horse and congrats to Jaclyn and all of the participants in our essay contest!
Last week, we offered an Easter Egg by compass on our trail!
Zachary went over some compass skills prior to the activity. Knowing how to use a compass can save us if we’re lost and can help us to access places ‘off-the-beaten-path.’
At this junction, the compass told us which was to go!
Snow of the trail made it feel a bit less like Easter. But warm weather was a sure sign that spring is here.
Found one! Most eggs had candy in them; three were jackpot! eggs and were redeemable for a special prize.
Thirty five eggs total.
Another jackpot prize! Thanks for playing everyone. Happy spring!
On Saturday April 14th, the KYC will be at the Eastern Lakes Region Coalition for Healthy Families ‘Straight Talk’ event. Check out the flyer for details. We hope to see you there!
Yesterday in BTAS! (beyond the after school) we took a hike to Tumbledown Dick Mountain in Brookfield. What a nice day! Spring might finally be here! Scroll down for photos and directions to the mountain.
A warm afternoon! The trail starts as a woods road.
Another indicator of spring: the road was wet and muddy! Our Boggs boots did well.
We continued uphill to reach the road that ascends to the summit.
Our group at the summit viewpoint! Nice work KYCers.
Back to the bus as the sun was setting. A great evening out. To try this hike, check out the route description below.
Tumbledown Dick Mountain (Brookfield)
Altitude: 1,147 feet
This mountain is located in Brookfield, not far from the Wolfeboro and New Durham town lines.
Driving Directions: From Rt. 28, just south of Kingswood High School and Middle School take Pleasant Valley Road to its end, 3.8 mi. from Rt. 28.
Parking: There is a small pull off with room for a few cars. Respect private property and any signs.
Distance: 0.77 mi.
Route Description: From the end of the maintained road, continue straight, ignoring a gated road leaving to the right. At 0.13 mi., reach a three-way intersection. Take the woods road leaving to the right and continue downhill. This road is often muddy and wet. The base of the hill is at 0.37 mi. and is often flooded. Continue uphill to the height of land at 0.6 mi. Turn left off the main road onto a rougher road headed uphill (marked by a cairn). Follow this steeper road uphill, climbing some gentle ledges and reach the summit at 0.77 mi. The summit ledges provide nice views south to Copple Crown, Moose Mountain, and the hills near Merrymeeting Lake. There are limited views west to Alton Bay and the Belknap Mountains.
Yesterday we hosted “Take the Floor!” KYC’s own talent show. Wow, we’ve got some talented teens!
An exceptional performance of What is My Life
Some sweet skateboard tricks!
Zachary demonstrated some juggling and talked a bit about learning to juggle as a teenager.
An amazing performance of Clint Eastwood by the Gorillaz!
Woodworking has become a fun, educational, and productive activity at the KYC. We have made our own set of corn hole boards, our own Gaga pit, a clothing rack, and most recently, a bench for our property.
Planing it out. We had to make lots of 20 degree cuts. All cuts were made with hand tools by KYCers!
Putting it together. We used deck screws to carefully assemble our bench. We had to drill counter-sink holes before screwing the pieces together.
Our finished piece. Our new bench made from 2X4’s. About ten different participants contributed to this effort. We will let the wood age before we stain it. We look forward to having another seat in our outdoor fitness area and to sitting around the campfire with friends.