Because of the increased evidence of drug abuse by America's young people, there is a need in Shelby County for drug education and awareness. This drug awareness and education includes the scope of the problem as well as the at-risk populations involved. Targets for this awareness and education are educators, legal and law enforcement officials, and the general community. Shelby County is not an isolated entity. Because the county is increasing in population to a greater degree than any other Alabama county and its citizens are making an adjustment from a basically rural to a cosmopolitan community, the pressures and stresses on the population of this county are even greater, thus making its citizens even more vulnerable to the drug abuse problem. Shelby County is at the crossroads of I-65, north and south, and I-459 which links I-59 and I-20, east and west. Drug transporting in any direction could go through Shelby County. School surveys conducted during past years show a high degree of alcohol/drug use and experimentation in grades 7-12.
We believe that the overall success of our prevention, violence, and intervention program has been centered on professional development workshops on peer helping, violence, at-risk behavior, prevention, intervention, and developing a drug free environment for students. Shelby County has a mandatory drug Screening Policy for all athletes, band, and cheerleaders, which helps students to say no to drugs and alcohol. The 2002 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Fund is allocated for use by local schools.
Shelby County Schools intends to distribute Title IV Funds for safe and drug free schools. If you have any questions about these funds please call Student Services at 682-7046.
Mediation is a structured process in which disputants have a chance to sit face-to-face and talk, uninterrupted, so that each view of the dispute is heard. Through skillful listening, questioning, and creative problem-solving, trained Peer mediators facilitate the process by helping the disputants to: identify a conflict and its underlying issues, consider several options and consequences, and agree upon a solution that benefits both parties.
At the heart of mediation are the principles of mutual respect, cooperation, and understanding. As these principles are applied, both the mediators an the disputants experience personal growth and higher self-esteem resulting from working out problems in a positive and empowering way.
Peer Mediation programs are having a positive impact on three crucial issues which are especially important: reducing violence, reducing substance abuse, and reducing the dropout rate.
Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Center - Children's Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS Center) Promoting health and healing for those affected by suspected child abuse and neglect.
Alabama Department of Education Parent Prevention and Support Services - The Prevention and Support Services Section focuses its attention on assisting school systems and schools with Alcohol and Drug Prevention, Attendance, Bullying Prevention, Character Education and Positive Behavior Supports, Discipline (SIR), Dropout Prevention, Graduation Rate, Health Services and School Nursing, and School Safety.