#CaseysKids is a youth led prevention program that helps build leadership skills in teens and reinforces the decision to be drug-free. Based on research, peer education is a promising approach in substance abuse prevention. Research suggests that well-trained peer educators may be more effective than classroom teachers and other adults in delivering prevention messages. Youth participants are trained to provide education and alternative activities to their peers. Youth led prevention allows the youth to gain skills in leadership, public speaking, planning and implementation while at the same time promoting a prevention message that is more readily received by the youth impacted from their training. Circle of Strength funds provide adolescent leaders with tools and information regarding high risk behaviors, as well as engage them in designing and delivering programming for their peers that uses this knowledge to shape behavior change. Opportunities to volunteer with the youth leaders in and out of the classroom provide a valuable experience for both the Circle member and students.
The Monarch House will provide a safe, comfortable environment for nine women, with the support, guidance, nurturing and structure necessary for transition from addiction treatment to a true sober independent life. Circle of Strength members will have the opportunity to support this project throughout the year with their philanthropic gift, as well as mentoring in areas such as job skills, assisting with interview techniques, providing clothing, and more. The Circle of Strength giving club was founded by Recovery Resources’ Board Member Tracey Collins in 2014. Today, the Circle continues to grow and welcomes Chair, Katie O’Toole Smith, Sheila Beck, Reneé Holcomb Hardwick, Alison Klocker, Pam Gill, Amy Derethik, and Pat Persico as Founding Members.