CADA's Teen Court Plus Program Featured in SAMHSA Video
CADA is one of ten agencies in the nation to receive a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) to provide substance abuse treatment to youth who are diverted from the juvenile justice system through our Teen Court program. This video highlights CADA's program, with commentary from local leaders, about its effectiveness, as well as similar programs being offered by the other grantees across the country.
CADA Launches "Youth Committed” Campaign
Encouraging Teens to be Substance Free
The week of April 7 - 14, CADA launched a new student-led campaign supporting teens committed to a healthy lifestyle by staying alcohol and drug free. The “Youth Committed” Campaign replaces “Free for the Weekend” and signifies a shift by CADA in engaging both teens and their parents in the fight against substance abuse.
Students in CADA’s Friday Night Live Club, a youth leadership program, came up with the “Committed” name and designed the wristbands, underwritten by Union Bank. Members of the group say wearing the wristbands represents, “that we don’t have to do drugs and alcohol to have fun.”
Student leaders distributed over 5,000 “Committed” bracelets to their peers. Youth-led interactive classroom presentations engaged hundreds of students in conversations about the risks associated with underage drinking and substance use. Lunch-time activities and pledging highlighted the benefits of committing to a healthy lifestyle. At the same time teens sign pledges committing to be drug and alcohol free, parents are also encouraged to participate in the “Committed” Campaign by signing a parent-pledge available here.
Be Committed and Join the Fun All Year!
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If you have a free activity for teens you'd like us to publicize, or want to sponsor an activity for teens who take the "Youth Committed Pledge," please contact us.
The Most Important Conversation
You Can Have
Does it surprise you to know that parents are the most powerful influence in a child’s life — greater than peers, popular music, television, celebrities and the media?
Kids who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50% less likely to use drugs and alcohol than those who do not.
Talking to your kids about the risks of drugs and alcohol isn’t as hard as you think. CADA's Parent Resources page offers links to some great web sites that provide free, easy to use tools and tips to help you have ongoing conversations with your kids to keep them healthy and drug-free. We also publish a Parent Newsletter with time sensitive information on the local teen party scene and other information parents need to know to keep their children safe and healthy. Click here to subscribe.
Santa Barbara Committed Parent Pledge
CADA and Santa Barbara Fighting Back are launching a new campaign, called Santa Barbara Committed, to engage the entire community in supporting teens to stay alcohol and drug free. As a parent, you can join the campaign by pledging to make your home a safe place where alcohol is not served at parties where teens are present. Join over 400 parents who have taken the pledge to date. Parents can also opt in to have their contact information published so that other parents who take the pledge can contact them about teen parties and gatherings. This directory will remain private and will be accessible only to others who have agreed to be included in the directory. Know where your teens are and stay in touch with the parents of their friends. Click here to take the pledge.