SPSARV Podcast Features North Carolina Ministry that Teaches Youth Valuable Drug-Resistance Skills
Today's youth are often confronted at every turn with peer pressure to take drugs and engage in destructive behaviors. The latest podcast from the United Methodist Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence's "Speak About It!" series features a substance-abuse ministry in the North Carolina Annual Conference's Rockingham District that is empowering youth through positive activities and programs to stay away from behaviors that may lead to drug use.
The "Speak About It" podcast series, produced by SPSARV and the General Board of Global Ministries, profiles inspiring people who work in substance-abuse ministries across the United Methodist connection.
The Rev. Sharon Harris, Drug and Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, and Saint Anthony Lloyd, Community Development Coordinator from the Rockingham District Partners in Ministry Substance Abuse Program, were interviewed in the newly-released podcast by SPSARV Program Associate Juliana Mecera about how this program engages youth from kindergarten through high school on learning drug-resistance skills.
Serving an area encompassing three North Carolina counties where about one in four people are living below the poverty line, the Rockingham District Partners in Ministry Substance Abuse Program reaches out to youth in these communities who face constant pressures to try drugs from peers and random drug dealers whom they pass on the streets on their way to and from school.
Rockingham District Partners in Ministry received a SPSARV grant to start a substance-abuse prevention program. The ministry couples prevention, awareness, and education programming with community support services to reduce drug use among youth and to help those struggling with drug abuse find treatment.
"We try to involve the whole family; and we do workshops with the parents to teach them gang prevention and to teach them the signs to look for, for drugs," said Rev. Harris. Harris said the ministry organized a Red Ribbon drug-prevention and awareness campaign that involved community engagement and education and creative arts to help children express how drugs are impacting their lives.
Listeners can tune in to the podcast and then engage in a meaningful conversation on the podcast. Listen to the podcast and view discussion questions. To learn more about the Rockingham District Partners in Ministry (PIM) Substance Abuse Program (SAP), please visit rdpim.org.
Date posted: Feb 13, 2012