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Becoming a Gatekeeper: Why It’s Important and How to Get Trained

What is a gatekeeper? A gatekeeper is a person who has direct contact with community members as a part of their regular routine and who is trained to identify the warning signs of suicide and refer those in need to supportive services. Why are gatekeepers important?...

Five Qualities of Great Camp Staff

Each year, we gather at Oxford College for Georgia Teen Institute (GTI), our summer youth leadership program for Youth Action Teams throughout Georgia. At the heart of this program is, without a doubt, the youth and adult volunteers who make up our staff. GTI would...

Prevention in Gwinnett: What’s Going On? How Can We Fix It?

Contributed by Ari Russell After years of gradual but steady declines in youth and young adult use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, the past two years have seen sharp increases in vaping and marijuana use. When the 2019 national drug use survey results were...

Reflection Activity: Gratitude Journals

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous By working with your colleagues, youth group or others to create gratitude journals, you can set up an opportunity to use the power of gratitude to change mindsets. Time Needed: 20 – 30 minutes Group...

Mark Your Calendar: Planning Your 2020 Prevention Projects Made Easy

As we dive into 2020, we look forward to seeing the many projects our Youth Action Teams will complete this year! Below, we have provided a timeline of prevention-related cause awareness months, weeks and days to help you plan timely and relevant projects and events....

Mental Wellness During the Holidays

The holidays can be a fantastic time of year – filled with fun, happiness and opportunities to connect with family and friends. Though they are viewed as happy times by many, the holidays are also often associated with additional pressures and stresses. No...

Using Data to Inform Your Prevention Strategies

What is data? Data is a collection of facts, such as numbers, words, measurements, observations or even just descriptions of things. It can be qualitative (descriptive information) or quantitative (numerical information). One of the ways data can be collected is via a...

Team Building Activity: Holiday Hat Draw

For your upcoming holiday party, here’s an activity you have to try! Engage adults or youth with this challenge to test out their creativity and coordination while having some holiday fun. Time Needed: 10-15 minutes Group Size: 10 or less Materials: Sturdy paper...

GUIDE Gives Thanks for Our Incredible Volunteers

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, one thing GUIDE staff are thankful for is our incredible volunteers. Without the help of volunteers from across Georgia and beyond, we would not be able to create such a significant impact on our community. So far in 2019,...
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