The Dothan-Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership is a 501(C)3 organization with the goal of creating a sense of ownership of the problem of illegal substance abuse to the community-- at all levels --by raising awareness through education, public service, and direct reduction of substance abuse among adolescents and teens through science-based programs of prevention education.
Dothan - Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership FAQ
Q: Who are you?
A: To some we’re known as the “Red Ribbon People.” To others we’re the people that fan out into the area’s schools and youth programs talking the dangers of drugs. To others we’re a group of people that offers hope– a last line of defense in education for kids and teens looking to avoid making a bad choice when it comes to drugs, alcohol and tobacco. In addition, we provide area schools, youth programs, and organizations with bullying, cyberbullying, and cybersafety education and training.
Q: What is the youth council?
A: The Youth Council is a group of high school youth who voluntarily participate in activities to promote a drug-free community and lifestyle. These eighth – 12th grade youth are representatives from the city, county, and private schools in our area who take a stand with us and believe in the mission of the Dothan-Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership. These youth donate community hours monthly and their activities include: learning and then performing skits and presentations, writing and producing public service announcements for television, radio, and the local newspapers, a monthly Teen Talk show aired on a local cable company, and peer mentoring with younger youth in schools and affiliated agencies. These youth also represent the Dothan-Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership Youth Council at any and all public functions the agency attends. There are a few requirements but they are easy!
Q: What types of activities do you participate in?
A: *Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Events are held throughout the county to celebrate Red Ribbon. Please let us know if we can help you kick-off your Red Ribbon week! *Prom Promise is a prom safety program emphasizing the need for sobriety through the use of a mock car crash involving police, ambulance, fire, coroner personnel and other groups. *For children ages four-eight, we have puppet shows that educate young children on the dangers of alcohol, drugs and tobacco. We are always available to bring prevention information to health fairs. We also are happy to take prevention curriculum in schools for children ages seven-18. We often speak to parent organizations, school groups, church groups, law enforcement and community service groups about alcohol, drug and tobacco issues and ways to help fight the underage use problem.
Q: How do you make money?
A: We do not "make money." We are supported by grants from Dothan City, Houston County, ADECA and donations made throughout the year. We do have one big fundraiser a year- Dancing with the Stars Dothan Style.
Q: How do I get my child involved? How do I volunteer?
A: Youth council members simply need to contact Beth Ford for information about joining. There are no fees and all of the community service hours are recorded to aide with scholarship applications and letters of recommendation. Adults are always welcome to join the Leadership Council. The Substance Abuse Partnership actively recruits volunteers who are willing to contribute their special talents to the fight against substance abuse in Dothan-Houston County. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Beth Ford. The Leadership council meets once a quarter.