Programs

Following are many of the programs and services BBCC & the YAB provide to our community. BBCC is also one of nineteen community prevention coalitions under the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (the Alliance), www.achcmi.org. Because of this relationship, we are able to access additional resources through the Alliance as indicated by *Partner Program. Please contact cmastroianni@bbcoalition.org if you are interested in bringing any of these programs to your school or community group.

Bi-annual Teen Substance Use & Mental Health Survey

Although not technically a program, BBCC’s self-designed survey provides key information about youth in our very own community which then drives our prevention efforts. And, by it being self-designed, we are able to adjust the instrument to better address new trends taking place thus gaining valuable insight from a local level. Since 2005, we have been surveying all 8th-12th graders in the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills Public School Districts. In recent years, we have included Detroit Country Day and/or Cranbrook students, too. By surveying between 5,000 – 7,000 students at a time, our data is statistically significant and provides insights that cannot be attained through national surveys on youth substance abuse and mental health. We truly believe Knowledge is Power and information obtained from this survey drives what we do and how we do it.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

To be a Teen in today’s world is a challenge in and of itself. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens are essentially seven characteristics that happy and successful teens the world over have in common. This program offers students invaluable skills and strategies as they navigate through high school; such as how to deal with the daily rigors of life, stress, anxiety; and how to effectively balance school, extra-curricular activities, family, friends, and everything else that teens contend with in today’s challenging world.

CHOICES

High school teens are brought together to discuss the real life consequences of alcohol and drug abuse. Featuring the 48th District “live” Court cases, testimonials from guest speakers, along with smaller breakout and experiential group sessions where teens and adults are able to further connect, share experiences and find workable solutions. Parents are welcome to attend!

Customized Presentations

BBCC can provide youth or adult focused presentations about the facts on vaping, underage drinking, marijuana, prescription drugs, stress and anxiety, and more.

Keep Them Safe, Keep Them Healthy!* – (Partner Program)

Provides education and awareness to both parents and their teens to open up the lines of communication between them. By taking a unique perspective in presenting the various reasons why our young people are abusing substances and what can be done to prevent it, parents gain the ability to look at their children with more compassion as well as have doable steps to take for prevention For student assemblies, young adults in recovery relate their personal experience and tragedies as a result of substance abuse and share their expertise.  Get more information here.

Life is Your Playbook* – (Partner Program)

A compliment to the Alliance’s Keep Them Safe, Keep Them Healthy! program, Life is Your Playbook is led by former NFL linebacker for the New York Giants, and 2011 Super Bowl Champion, Greg Jones. He imparts knowledge and skills needed for today’s youth using several different “life plays”. These dynamic experiences for youth of all ages so that they gain protective factors that will help them to avoid destructive behaviors, including substance use, by helping them to know their value, think about what they want for their futures and what they need to do to get there.

Middle School Transitions

During one of the critical transition periods going from middle to high school, this program for eighth graders focuses on the “Truths and Consequences of Substance Use” through an interactive presentation. Data used is from BBCC’s Teen Substance Use and Mental Health Survey, along with important and compelling facts.

Health and Wellness

At BBCC, we realize that a young person’s initial reaction to pain within themselves is generally not to reach for a substance; that this hole within may be discovered and attempted to be filled in other ways. And, to address this feeling, we include many different tools that can effectively reduce stress and anxiety through an overall health and wellness approach. Whether it be deep breathing, meditation, shifting one’s mindset, among many other approaches, we work to create a stronger young person from within, who will be equipped to make better choices for their future selves.

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most

Educates parents about the health and safety risks of providing alcohol to teenagers and increases awareness of and compliance with underage drinking laws.

Save a Life* — (Partner Program)

Free community nasal NARCAN® training where community members are instructed on the proper administration of this life saving overdose reversal tool. Everyone who is trained receives a free Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities Save a Life kit.

Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14

Youth need skills to help them resist the peer pressure that leads to risky behaviors. Research shows that protective parenting improves family relationships and decreases the level of family conflict, contributing to lower levels of substance use. In just seven sessions you and your child could learn how to build stronger communication and respect for each other.

Student Athlete Project (SAP)

SAP strives to create leaders on our athletic teams who make positive choices for their overall life. Our goals are to: 1) Inform student athletes on the risk of alcohol and other substance misuse/abuse during sports as well as during the off-season. 2) Educate student athletes of the harm of alcohol and other drugs on both the body and brain. 3) Provide support and intervention methods for athletes, coaches, administrators and parents.

The Alternative to Athletic Suspension Program helps guide students through an educational and self-examining experience for those in violation of drugs and/or alcohol terms in their Athletic (This program can be adapted for general student use).

Teen Summer Concert

YAB’s annual kick-off to the summer event showcasing our own area teens from bands, solo musicians, singers, song-writers, tap-dancers, and other talents of all kinds…. as they take to the outdoor stage in Shain Park. During this concert we celebrate our teens and shine a light on their amazing hard work done all year! `

Tobacco & Alcohol Retailer Education

In accordance with the Federal and State SYNAR requirements and as assigned by the Alliance, BBCC conducts annual visits to ensure our retail establishments are informed by distributing and reviewing tobacco and alcohol retailer education kits and surveying the establishments.

Youth Action Board (YAB)

An inclusive, dynamic and diverse group of teen volunteers from 11 public and private high schools in the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills community that bring about positive change for their peers. They work hard to support the BBCC’s mission and to bring its vital prevention programs to our schools and community with a relatable teen point of view and focus. YAB’s goal is to provide teens with a positive voice and presence in the broader community on issues important to teens with a focus on substance abuse prevention, health and wellness. The YAB meet on a regular basis to discuss substance abuse trends and other important issues teens face today. Based on this information, they plan and organize safe, fun alternative community-based and supported events, leadership opportunities for teens, and programming that is informative and empowering.  For more information or to get involved contact Kelly Michaud, youth program coordinator, kmichaud@bbcoalition.org