The Issue: Drug Abuse Among Las Vegas-Area Youth
In 2012, 6.5% of 8th graders, 17% of 10th graders, and 22.9% of 12th graders reported using marijuana in the past month, according to a survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. However, when young people are given more opportunities to interact positively with their peers and be rewarded for their contributions at school, they are less likely to engage in drug use and other dangerous behaviors, according to 2004 data from the Louisiana Office of Addictive Disorders. This data also shows that teens expecting to attend college are less likely to abuse drugs.
The Campaign: Furnishing a Youth Homework Room
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Solutions Foundation to purchase tables and chairs for its new Youth Room. For every $160 raised, the organization can purchase one table and two chairs for the room, which will serve as a safe, distraction-free space for the foundation's youth clients to complete their school assignments or group-therapy work. The foundation hopes that this space will encourage their clients to succeed both in school and in their addiction-recovery treatments, as adolescents who spend time on homework are less likely to turn to drugs, according to the Louisiana Office of Addictive Disorders.
Solutions Foundation approaches teen drug use from both sides of the problem. Its education efforts deliver hard facts to kids, teens, and parents about the dangers of illicit and prescription drugs, and its CLOUD (Choosing Life Over Using Drugs) program reaches out to youths already dealing with chemical abuse or dependency.
An intensive, eight-week program, CLOUD brings kids and adolescents together five times each week to engage in individual, group, family, and recreational therapy. The teen-friendly, therapeutic environment provides a safe space for recovery and personal growth. Solutions Foundations makes targeted efforts to reach out to Nevada's uninsured and at-risk populations, giving them a place to turn and the resources with which to change their lives.
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