- A mentor is positive adult role model, a good listener, someone who will help your child explore opportunities and discover their strengths. A Mentor is not a counselor, social worker, teacher, parent or guardian. Young people need the support of caring adults in order to be successful and sometimes need someone outside of their family to share their thoughts with. Our volunteer mentors are interviewed, trained, screened and have a lot to offer. There are no fees or income limits to participate in this program. If your child would benefit by having another supportive adult in their life and is between the ages of 6 - 17 contact us at 800-579-0000 or www.LUK.org/Mentoring
- 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 (LINK).
- 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.
- Creation and promotion of social marketing campaigns, including social norming campaigns. These campaigns highlight the actual behaviors and choices of youth. These campaigns generally highlight the healthy choices made by youth, such as the fact that most youth choose not to drink alcohol.
- Regional and local meetings may be available in your community.
- Those who have been the victim of an OUI crash, including childen who were passengers or witnesses 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.