2012 marks the beginning of the fourth year of our Youth Education Safety in Schools (Y.E.S.S.) program and I am proud to say that the program has been an overwhelming success. In 2011 our Y.E.S.S. deputies reached out to 10 middle schools and presented classes to almost 7,000 7th and 8th grade students. These are amazing statistics when one considers that the program is staffed by two deputies and one civilian coordinator. In addition to the middle schools, portions of the program have also been presented in 17 elementary schools in Douglas County.
So what are the programs and topics offered through Y.E.S.S? There are three modules presented at the middle school level:
-Who is a good friend
-Is it flirting or hurting
-Definition of laws relating in relation to harassment, sexual assault and sexual contact
-Recognizing Appropriate Behaviors
-Setting boundaries/What should I say
-“Grooming” techniques and con languages used to encourage risky and/or illegal behavior
-Safety and Consequences related to:
-Cyber bullying, predators, chat rooms, identify theft, internet gambling/gaming, instant messaging, texting, and “sexting”
-How to use safely and protect yourself and your information
Substance Abuse Education
-Drug Education to include:
-Illicit drugs, over-the-counter and prescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco; prevent of use, social norm statistics, addition, prevention, etc.
-Positive and negative, problem solving, critical thinking
The Y.E.S.S. program was recently evaluated by *RMC Research and there conclusion was:
- Our office is using positive and effective evidence/research based strategies that are helping to reduce risky behavior and discipline on the schools that have Y.E.S.S.
I am very proud of this innovative program and my staff who are making a positive impact on our middle school students.
*For more than 25 years RMC Research Corporation has helped clients answer questions critical to their growth and success:
- How well does our program work?
- How can we improve educational outcomes for children and adults?
- What kind of experience do we provide for our audience?
- How effective are our program services and products?