Photo Voice is a project that puts cameras in the hands of creative youth and offers an opportunity to record and reflect upon their community’s strengths and concerns. The coalition’s ultimate objective of these projects is to try and increase awareness of underage drinking and substance abuse in our communities. The information that is gathered throughout this group is used to display the creative voice of the community’s youth and to spread education in an innovative way. Our hope is to incorporate a project like this into the different venues in the community, in order to raise awareness. Our project was based on the topic of underage drinking and other drugs in our community, our state and our nation as a whole. Participants will gain education around this subject and are given a chance to construct their own perspective through a creative lens. Photographers were asked a series of questions and then captured their best answer through their images. Throughout the meeting times, participants are able to share, reflect and discuss what they had found. The best pictures were be chosen by the group.
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The collaborative towns, Plymouth, Middleboro and Carver, will work to implement strategies that will have a sustained effect of prevention and reducing underage drinking and other drug use and the devastating consequences that can ensue.
Sticker Shock Campaign
A sticker Shock Campaign is a project where the community, youth and alcohol retailers all work together to combat minors getting access to alcohol.
Social Norms Campaign
One commonly known component of social norming is “peer pressure.” Regardless of age, peer pressure is a part of most people’s lives.
Social Marketing Campaign
Social Marketing uses the principals that advertising uses, but geared toward social issues.
Hidden In Plain Sight
The exhibit is a mock teenage bedroom that allows adults to go through to see possible red flags for unhealthy behavior and/or substance use.
Photo Voice Project
Photo Voice is a project that puts cameras in the hands of creative youth and offers an opportunity to record and reflect upon their community’s strengths and concerns.
The Sachem Supporters is a club at Middleboro High School that was started to engage youth to work with Middleboro Matters on our evidence based strategies. Since the strategies are aimed at high school aged teens, it’s important to have them to help build these campaigns. The Sachem Supporters are working on all three strategies with Middleboro Matters, as well as working on their own strategic prevention plan, holding resource tables at various town events, and other various activities. Check them out on Twitter at @MHS_Supporters.
Project Outreach is a collaboration of Public Safety Agencies and Healthcare Providers created to respond to the ever growing number of opiate overdoses by conducting follow-up visits within 12-24 hours after an overdose. The program is not limited to those addicted to opiates, it is for everyone impacted by addiction.