Authored by: Bel Villa and Joshua Nielsen, PR and Evidence2Success Board Members; Caroline Moreno, Education Program Manager
As a Community School Coordinator of Salt Lake County Youth Services working in Kearns Jr. High and as a Board member of the Evidence2Success Kearns Community Coalition, I see the Kearns community from many angles. I interact daily with students, teachers, parents and have built strong relationships with residents and other service providers, from the Library to United Way.
Part of my community work is through the Evidence2Success Kearns Community Coalition. Evidence2Success Kearns is a national effort that brings local communities together to improve youth outcomes. Our Community Board engages residents, parents, program providers, schools, and other institutions that support Kearns youth. Our job is find the primary issues that kids are facing at Kearns and implementing programs and policies to give them a boost towards success. Its hard work, but we’ve made great strides in our year together.
Last month, Evidence2Success Kearns launched an underage drinking campaign called Parents Empowered. Parents Empowered is a Utah statewide initiative that works through community coalitions to help parents talk to their kids about the harmful effects of drinking in young people’s brains. The campaign is currently up in the Kearns Library, Harmon’s Cougar Place, and the local Liquor Store. The ads at each location are designed to encourage parents to talk with their children and reduce underage drinking. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Kearns Metro Township Council Chair Steve Perry, Kearns High School Students, and a slew of other community leaders led a press conference covered by ABC, FOX, KSL, Salt Lake Tribune, and Deseret News.
We want to thank to R & R Partners and the State of Utah for their support on the Parents Empowered campaign. Their creativity and financial support is allowing us to do great things!
However, I’d also like to highlight that not all our resources come in dollars. Sometimes the best resource is taking the time to greet our parents, encouraging healthy life styles, and ensuring that we do what we can to create a nurturing environment that students and their families need to succeed.