Socially- hailed “Delinquent” Adolescent Teenagers and Young Adults, not over twenty-one, regardless of sex, gender, race, and social status, who have been holding issues and personal battles specifically with regard to any drug activity—in every sense imaginable (e.g. selling for profit , purchasing mainly for recreation and habitual use).
Where are they?
A sizeable many from identified areas and districts of Bonham City
When is the need evident?
Due to alarmingly increasing city drug activity which has slowly become directly and notoriously identifiable with the younger generation, specifically with high school and students, the need is hence deemed not only evident but more importantly, urgent.
What is the need?
Wanting, and almost inexistent edifying youth programs, forms of substantial-rather-than-substance recreational youth activity, and even appealingly self-sustaining job opportunities for adolescent teenagers and young adults simply to resort to, among and within residential vicinities, which translates to the city’s over-all poor youth plan.
The deficient core requirements of necessity, continuity, credibility in developing city youth programs are geared towards helping the youth without fail, averting their interest, fascination, and usage of different drug forms, and focusing on more significant output. This situation must not be considered as a personal preference by the adolescent teen, for it only re-affirms the greater influence and control of drugs in their lives and unto others.
A strong and unifying youth campaign would sturdily stand as the unwavering movement for city youth betterment, building a drug-free environment of well-informed and wiser adolescent teens and young adults day one day at a time—from high school out-of-school youths to the young adults. An expansively wide-ranging city cause would advocate the city youth of different areas to opt paths of a more promising tomorrow. The program shall address emphasis and importance of character building and better decision-making, which would be most crucial later in their lives, shall be molded into the youth. Also, the program would instill in them that choosing substance over a substantial life secures a grim future, at best. Moreover, the program would encourage them to garner a diploma for whatever field they wish to pursue and want to succeed in. With this motivational driving point, activities which would solicit their participation would cater to, within reason, incorporating what they want and need. By identifying truthfully to what the various interests the youths are attracted to, attention and concentration can be built and sustained. The campaign will serve as the focal point for a united effort in developing skills, talents, and true interests of the youth that would lead them to better choice and kind of life, from attaining academic degrees to following their dreams and aspirations away from drug related distractions.
Why does this occur?
All community organizations for the youth development have individually worked as non-commercial and non profit institutions; thus, a feasible sense of continuity of various projects has been difficult to maintain. For this reason, the impact of the project carried out by the organization, regardless of potential and promise, had little to offer and effect.
Some educational institutions, such as high schools, colleges, and universities, have overlooked the enrolled youth’s drug accessibility within their jurisdiction.
There have been certain complications in garnering city financial aid and assistance from the local government, commercial institutions, and business organizations.
Evidence of Problem
What evidence do you have to support your claim?
· The rather troubling availability of illegal substances to the youth has been marked and been in fact true at some of the city’s educational bodies. As re-affirmed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (2008), “25% of all students in grades 9 through 12 reported someone had offered, sold, or given them an illegal drug on school property” (n.p.).
· There is a risk which, from drug experimentation to regular use by adolescents, has become more apparent due to their accessibility. Also, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2009), “there was a significant increase in the estimated number of persons age 12 or older needing treatment for an illicit drug problem” (n.p.).
· Even though different educational bodies showed enthusiasm to do so, they found the monitoring of the youth beyond school premises to be rather complex. Some schools, though having a drug policy (drug education in form of courses and seminars), have reiterated the indicative need of third party assistance, which shall be provided by this organization under such a campaign. Also, school authority figures have suggested extra-curricular activities outside school which could serve as an alternative option catering to their interests to keep the youth better focused on their future, specifically amongst high school adolescents.
Impact If Problem Is Resolved?
What are the consequences of meeting the need?
Those city youth who have had personal drug difficulties are given a better and stronger chance in ridding any and every form of drug issue out of their system in any and every way, directing them to a future where success in life can very much be a reality.
Unifying organizations of similar aim under one single banner and purpose via this campaign delivers a stronger message and action of hope and actuality in the fight against drug use, availability, and issues in between throughout the city.
Involvement, city citizen movement, and support can better be solicited from anyone and everyone, both inside and outside of the city, to support a cause of constructing a future most fitting for young adolescents and adults.
How is the need linked to your organization?
· The McLain Movement against Drugs Association’s (M.M.D.A) highest concern and main objective is to organize and forefront an anti-drug youth campaign that chooses to aid the troubled city youth comprehensively as a third party mediator between educational institutions, parents, and even fellow concerned youth. The anti-drug campaign will serve wide-ranging programs, projects, and extra-curricular activities that would cater the youth’s interest and be offered to better facilitate their personal issues and head them unto a trail of better opportunity. The campaign would center on activities that would offer options for the youth other than drugs, leisure, youth job opportunities, and much in between.
Exercise 5. 1A. Developing Your Methods
Tasks and Subtasks
Task One would state that various youth organizations across local districts shall be contacted and brought together under the impression that the cooperation, idea conceptualization and unity shall be done by all groups involved and deliberated upon in the same by all. Subtask One would be considered as contacting other high schools, colleges, and universities along with other willing local institutions to offer assistance. Task Two would state that the various youth organizations along with educational institutions’ help shall build a one-year program for the youth. In this, identifying the campaign’s clear objectives, mission, vision, and everything in between shall be affirmed.
Youth activities and projects to be directed shall be planned as well. Subtask Two would be considered as soliciting idea from the youth themselves in what their interests are for the program to better appeal to its target audience. Task Three would state that the campaign implementation shall be executed across the city district and areas. Subtask Three would be considered as administering and monitoring by the various youth organizations the activities and projects to carried-out thru the areas. Task Four would state the campaign’s local solidification of their presence and significance at their assigned districts. Subtask Four would be considered as continuing to improve the offered youth activities and project per local district. Task Five would state an assessment period of the campaign since its inception. Subtask Five would be regarded as further thorough assessment and thus renewal and setting of the next set of itineraries for the following year when process has been deemed successful.
For Task and Subtask One, McLain Movement against Drugs Association (M.M.D.A) Association head John McLain, together with the members, shall do the initial organization of the would-be participating city youth organizations. For Task and Subtask Two thru Task Five, the individual heads of each of the participating organization shall coordinate with each other and the M.M.D.A.
The most apparent need is financial assistance and aid for planned itinerary and to be carried-out activities and projects by the campaign for research information, financial allowances to the participating workers (both for the organization volunteers and the youth themselves), and most importantly, the scheduled and planned activities of which are in-store for the youth.
Start and Finish Dates
Task and Subtask One and Two shall be managed through the first four months of the campaign initialization. This would secure commitment and assurance from involvement of would be participating youth organizations. Task and Subtask Three would be managed at the fifth month from the campaign’s initialization. Task Four would be managed at the seventh month from the campaign’s initialization. Lastly, Task Five is an enduring process which identifies the areas of improvement for the on-going campaign.