Learn about our expanding youth-driven projects and programs at the YR Drop and in schools throughout Klamath County.
YR DROP-IN CENTER
The YR Drop-in Center (YRDC) was created by teens for teens ages 13-18 (6th-12th grade). The YRDC is a free, safe, and inclusive space for young people to gain new skills, meet new people, and connect with their community.
YR Drop-in Center also provides:
· Social Nights · Pool table · Gaming systems · Computers · Board games & books · Karaoke machine · Concessions & free meals
The YR Drop offers a fun, neutral space, to increase the chance that transitional age youth who might not consider joining a school program or reaching out for support will instead develop a sense of connection with their peers and adults in their community. Providing opportunities to increase developmental assets can protect against the onset of substance abuse, poor mental health, violence, and even graduation rates. Our goal is to inspire young people who access the YR Drop to set goals and gain the confidence and passion to engage in additional evidence-based YR programs.
YR LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (YRLI)
YRLI is a year-round leadership program for 7th-12th grade students. Participants graduate once they complete 200 hours of participation in four key areas that focus on increasing developmental assets to set them up for success as they transition into adulthood.
YRLI includes the following four focal points:
1. Personal Development
· Set life goals, participate in life skills and resiliency workshops and presentations at the Drop-in Center, equine programs and more.
· 50 Hours
2. Social Engagement
· Drop-in Center hours, Social Nights, Dances, School Clubs
· 50 Hours
3. Leadership & Community Service
· YR Advisory Board, Public Health Youth Committee, public speaking activities, Sources of Strength, Theater Troupe, Gavel Club
· 50 hours
4. Employability Skills
· Resume preparation, complete an internship program with our local business partners, tour OIT and KCC.
· 50 hours
All graduates will receive a certificate of completion and a plaque displaying a their name and photo that will be hung at the Drop-in Center. Completion of a 200-hour leadership program looks great on a resume and college applications. We will be planning opportunities for YRLI Alumni once our first round of participants graduate!
Teens are more comfortable communicating electronically rather than speaking face-to-face. Yet most jobs & important situations require strong interpersonal communication skills. Now, more than ever, they need guidance in developing communication skills. YR Gavel Club is an extension of the International Toastmasters Clubs, except participation is free and only for individuals under 18.
SOURCES OF STRENGTH
SOS is rooted in eight strengths- factors that research has shown are protective against suicide risk and also has an indirect impact on other risky behaviors. These include: Family support, positive friends, spirituality, mentors, healthy activities, medical access, mental health and generosity.
YR Sources of Strength trains students as peer leaders and connects them with volunteer adult advisors at school and in the community. With support from advisors, the peer leaders conduct well-defined messaging activities intended to change peer group norms influencing coping practices and problem behaviors (e.g., drug use, risky behaviors). Sources of Strength is a proven, evidence-based model showing strong outcomes among multiple studies.
Prevention experts warn that programs emphasizing risk are less likely to work as well, and researchers say there is little evidence that one-time lectures or events have any effect at all. They also state that sustained effort must include making students part of the intervention and not the target of it. Youth Rising is working to integrate SOS as a county-wide movement in middle schools and high schools. SOS is the first available and proven suicide prevention program involving peer leaders to enhance protective factors associated with reducing suicide at the school population level.
SOS ACTIVITIES ARE DESIGNED TO:
· Reduce the acceptability of poor mental health & substance abuse as a response to distress
· Increase acceptability of seeking help
· Improve communication between youth & adults,
· Develop healthy coping attitudes among youth
· Positively modify knowledge, attitudes, & overall behaviors
YR THEATER TROUPE
YR Theater Troupe members create and perform original plays on topics of interest based on what impacts young people today. They present these plays to youth and the community. Trained Troupe members (peer educators) provide these performances that consist of three parts:
1) A short play
2) Question/answer session (actors stay in character)
3) Open-forum discussion of the play’s themes led by
After the performance and discussions, a reality workshop takes place. This depends on the topic presented. In the case of substance abuse prevention, speakers recovering from substance abuse are brought in and get to share their personal stories and discuss issues raised by the performance as it relates to their own experiences. Their shared stories help to personalize the risk and break through teens’ sense of “This can’t happen to me”.
The final session includes a skill-building workshop. These help students to learn appropriate information and skills related to the main topic. Factual information is provided, correcting myths common among peers, and building strong communication and resistance skills. Since learning and developing competence in any topic happens through modeling and imitation, young people need to see skills demonstrated and practice them.