For Community Members
- There are over 200 youth who are waiting for that special role model to come into their lives. Mentors are caring, responsible role models 18 years of age or older; are able to volunteer once a week for at least one hour for a year; have reliable transportation to mentor in our site-based mentoring program; have reliable transportation and a driver’s license for community mentoring; complete an application, mentor interview, screening and training. Our Mentees live in Worcester County and ages range from 6-17. They will benefit from having an additional caring, supportive adult in their lives.
- Youth Development
- Youth can access youth violence, substance use, and OUI prevention programs through Memorial Middle School, Fitchburg High School, Leominster High School, and Sizer School.
- Adult and youth Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training for suicide prevention are available. Trainings are an hour long and focus on prevention strategies, such as support, active listening, and resources.
- Bullying prevention training is available for youth through schools and community settings. This training focuses on becoming an active bystander.
- Positive Youth Development Trainings are available for parents and schools. This training focuses on language we use with young people and takes a positive approach toward youth and their potential.
- Guiding Good Choices Training is a program designed to teach parents skills to help prevention drug and alcohol abuse in their families. This training teaches about risk factors for potential use. Check the community calendar for a training in your community.
- Community Forums are held throughout the year on a variety of topics, including youth substance use prevention, relevant legislation changes, especially regarding tobacco, alcohol, and other substances. Check the community calendar for a training in your community.
- GCAT Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 3pm at the Gardner Police Station's Community Room. These meetings are open to the public and are used to determine community education strategies and plan events to support GCAT's Mission.
- Social Host Liability training and education involves educating parents and community members about the potential legal consequences of providing youth with alcohol. Discussions include alternative substance-free activities for youth.
- The LUK prevention team seeks to provide education and skills to parents (and other adults in the community) to help youth make safe and healthy choices by avoiding substance use.
- Help influence policies and procedures regarding underage drinking prevention in your community. This may include compliance checks, local zoning laws or bylaws, and signage.
- Those who have been the victim of an OUI crash can contact SAVE for support, advocacy, and linkages to services to help with the aftermath of the crash.
- OUI prevention is an important message for the community. Information is available to help curb driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Please visit our Resources page for more information.