The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield has been selected to receive a state funded contract to be the first line of defense in drug use prevention.
The contract with the Missouri Department of Mental Health will have a special focus on opioids.
“The Positive Action program is valuable to our organization because we can create a positive Club climate for our members, while giving them the tools to deal with their emotions and goal-set,” BGCS Director of Programs and Prevention, Niki Kiruki, said in a statement. “These are skills they may not learn anywhere else. The State Opioid Response grant allows us to help improve Club members’ academic achievement, attendance and behavior, and decrease negative behaviors.”
The funds will be used for implementing prevention programs such as BGCS’s “Positive Action” curriculum and “Opioid Smarts” program, and providing outreach to the areas in the community where clubs are located along with resources to parents of Club members.
“It is our responsibility to ensure our kids and families have access to understand the impact of opioid misuse,” BGCS Chief Executive Officer, Brandy Harris, said in a statement. “Positive Action, along with other measures our organization is taking, such as our locally-developed Opioid Smarts program, aim to prevent, educate, increase awareness, and provide resources. We will not look at this major concern in our community and be complacent about it. I am so grateful for the Alliance’s work on our behalf and for a team of people who are committed to implementing programs that bridge gaps for kids.”
If you need more information on the program, or would like to volunteer to help Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, visit their website or call 417-862-9249.