The Coalition for a Healthy Darke County is working with these organizations to resolve specific community challenges by providing opportunities for collaborative funding and support.
Save A Life Tour (For Darke County Students)
Proposed Program / Contributions Needed
The Darke County School Resources Officers would like to bring the Save A Life Tour program to Darke County to benefit approximately 2,100 student drivers.
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. And when it comes to distracted driving, young people are among the most likely to text and talk behind the wheel.
In 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,179 people killed, and 431,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
The likelihood of a teenager getting into a crash increases by 50 percent with one other teenager in the car, and it increases accordingly with more in the car.
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.
These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
The best way to end distracted driving is to educate about the danger it poses. Distracted driving is a safety problem.
The Save A Life Tour is the nation's most advanced and high-impact Safe Driving Awareness program. The program utilizes several methods for educating and demonstrating the effects and consequences that are direct results of poor choices and/or decisions made by operators of a motor vehicle.
Education methods include:
- Speaking Presentation-Fact based lecture provided by Save A Life facilitators
- Visual Presentation-Informative visual presentations
- Interactive Demonstration-Simulation for the effects of impaired and distracted driving behavior
- Corrective Action-Continuous interaction with Save A Life Tour facilitators throughout presentation and event
- Knowledge Retention-Pre & Post Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Pledge Card, and recognition banners
The program specifically places emphasis on the following driving situations:
- Driver Experience-Young drivers and driver behavior based on maturity
- Improper Driver Behavior-Careless driving habits- speeding, turn signal use
- Safety Restraints-Proper seat belt usage
- Impaired Driving-Alcohol usage, controlled substance, drowsiness
- Distracted Driving-Cell phones, passenger activities
- Motorcycle-Awareness, operation
Beginning with a thought provoking video, the program jumps into a live presentation full of personal stories including the loss of loved ones. The event then brings mass crowd participation to the driver's seat of highly advanced driving simulators.
Together, the multi-million dollar Distracted & Impaired Simulators remain the ONLY simulators in the nation that give participants a completely realistic, sober perspective on the effects of driving while intoxicated of distracted.
Donations accepted at the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County and Darke County United Way to bring the program to Darke County in 2017.
Heroin Treatment - Vivitrol Program
This medication is used to maintain a drug-free state in those previously addicted to opiates and alcohol. It is used in combination with behavior adjustment programs and only after having completed a detoxification program.
Family Health - Vivitrol Program
Reid Healthcare Building, Suite C, 1101 Jackson Street, Greenville, OH 45331
Christy Timmerman, SBIRT Care Manager
Recovery & Wellness of Midwest Ohio - Vivitrol Program
Mental Health and Addiction services to Darke, Miami and Preble Counties. Certified by Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services and CARF International.
Greenville / Location #1
600 Walnut Street, Greenville, OH 45331
YOUTH EDUCATION & PREVENTION
Council on Rural Services-Greenville, Ohio
Jeff Vaughn, ACES Coordinator
116 East 3rd Street, Greenville, OH 45331
Gateway Youth Programs (Gateway): Gateway specializes in working with youth ages 7-17 who are struggling with relationships and their self-esteem. Many are in conflict with their family. Some are involved with juvenile court. Most are in need of help to succeed in school and to communicate effectively. Gateway’s main goal is to help youth gain the skills necessary to deal with life’s many challenges.
Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES): Students, grades 9-12, who are credit deficient, struggling in the regular school setting or on the verge of dropping out and need an alternative learning environment. Coursework is provided in small classrooms through online classes and by independent study all under the guidance of an onsite certified teacher and aides. Students also have the opportunity to receive support services that promote personal development, as well as addressing prevention and intervention, and workforce development by being matched to jobs in the community. The unique aspect of the ACES program is student’s credits are transferred to their home school and their diplomas are from their home schools upon graduating.
Community Connectors: This program is designed to bring together students, their parents, schools, communities, faith-based organizations and businesses in mentoring programs. The program provides one-on-one and group mentoring to youth grades 5-12 and provides students with role models who can help motivate and inspire them, as well as help them develop skills that lead to success in school and a workplace. The program offers three main components: (1) school based youth advocates that meet 1:1 with students and facilitate small groups within the schools. (2) volunteer mentors that meet regularly with students outside of school to provide additional life guidance and coaching (3) Business partnerships that help students develop work readiness skills.
The goal is to help students get excited about their future – to be encouraged to dream big – and learn what it takes to put their dreams and goals into action.
Darke County We Are The Majority
Recovery & Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio
Kelly Harrison, Adult Leader
600 Walnut Street, Greenville, OH 45331
Darke County We Are The Majority is an after-school leadership program through Recovery and Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio for 7th-12th grade students with a focus on drug and alcohol free peer led prevention. Students help out the community through many activities during the year including after-school study sessions for any 2nd-6th grader in Darke County. The team has also designed and led Camp Lead summer camp, Majority’s Got Talent, Runday Funday, and Majority Art Classes. The unique component of this program is that it is comprised of all youth inspired activities that students feel impact our community with awareness and strength to create a brighter future for our community, especially for those of younger generations.
Any student who is drug/alcohol free is able to be a part of this program. This program aligns with the state We are the Majority Initiative began by Governor Kasich. To help combat the issues within the county, the adult leader, Kelly Harrison from Recovery and Wellness has participated in a Strategic Prevention Framework on youth led prevention through the state of Ohio and is now beginning to complete a SPF with the youth in the community to help make community change in this area. Kelly also provides ongoing prevention education in area school districts.
Some upcoming projects the group has planned in addition to study sessions, Main St. bridge graffiti clean up, and the SPF include volunteering with the Haunted Library Project with Gateway Youth Programs, a Majority Movie Night, Community Awareness Majority outdoor event, as well as other drug/alcohol free events to engage youth with alternative activities.