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The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, Friends of Youth, and the Duvall Police Department presented the Hidden in Plain Sight display. More than 50 community members attended to learn more about spotting signs of at-risk behaviors using an interactive display of a teenager’s bedroom.
After walking through the display, participants heard from officers about local drug trends. The officers encouraged parents to remember that they have every right to monitor their children’s phones, backpacks, etc. This was followed by a presentation from Jerry Blackburn (Friends of Youth) who spoke about protective factors that help prevent substance use among teens.
This exhibit educated and empowered parents to communicate with their children about at-risk
behavior that could lead to substance use disorders. A strong parent-teen relationship is the
most effective tool to prevent youth substance use.
Additional partners for this event included the Riverview School District, Riverview PTSA Council, Evergreen Health, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, Duvall Fire, Changes Parent Support Network, and the cities of Duvall and Carnation.
On Friday, March 9th, students from Two Rivers and Mount Si High School took a field trip to the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. Students were greeted by the Chief Executive Officer, Tom Parker, and Director of Pharmacy and Imaging, Ron Bennet. Mr. Parker and Mr. Bennet lead students on a tour of the Emergency, Rehabilitation, Pharmacy, and Imaging Departments.
After the tour students, hospital staff and healthcare professionals in Snoqualmie participated in a Round Table Q and A. Students had an opportunity to engage with healthcare professionals from a variety of careers such as: physical therapy, mental health, nutrition, pharmacy, personal trainer and wellness coach to name a few.
Students shared their appreciation for the opportunity to talk with different people in the healthcare field. Students walked away feeling more focused and informed on the variety of career paths in the healthcare field.
Through the Career Exploration Friday program, students get real life exposure to exciting career opportunities thanks to the partnership between the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Snoqualmie Valley School District, and the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network.
On behalf of the partnership, thank you to the staff at the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital for hosting such an exciting opportunity for the youth in the Valley.
We are actively seeking mentors for the Youth Success! Mentoring program at schools throughout the Snoqualmie Valley. If you are interested in becoming a mentor (for no more than an hour per week), please CLICK HERE to fill out an application. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Program Coordinator Heather Downing at firstname.lastname@example.org
Teen Leaders from Cedarcrest High School and Two Rivers School have trained more than 800 middle school students using the How to Help a Friend peer-to-peer training so far this school year!
This peer-presented training teaches students how to recognize when a friend is struggling and the important steps to take. Teen Leaders present an easy-to-use acronym CAN to make it easier to know how to help.
C- show you CARE
A- ASK the questions
N- identify NEXT steps
The peer-to-peer model is recognized by the American Association of Suicidology as a best practice in prevention.
The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network (SVCN) and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) teamed up with students from Two Rivers School (TRS) to share a series of events and workshops to prepare students for their transition to further education, training and career.
The series began with an engaging and informative presentation about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the role of resilience in setting goals and overcoming obstacles. Community volunteers teamed with TRS students to help them through every stage of how to plan for and pursue a variety of careers.
Break-out sessions focused on specific career paths, resume writing, mock interviews, and dressing for success. In addition, students have been provided with special sessions both at school and at the DVR office in Bellevue to help them through the application process and to help them envision what lies ahead in pursuing career goals.
As students explore careers and work with community mentors, their curiosity about possible career and training pathways takes on new meaning. Resumes come to life when students are paired with a community professional who provides tips and suggestions for improvements. Moving from a theoretical knowledge of resume writing to real-life application provides an invaluable opportunity for our students to actually rehearse and master skills they need for their future career success. Hearing mentor stories about what careers are out there and how real people have achieved success inspires young people to really envision what the possibilities are. Through our partnership with DVR and SVCN, Two Rivers School students are better equipped to take successful next steps after high school graduation.
By Laura Smith, Executive Director
At our recent Be the Change Leadership conference, I witnessed firsthand the impact of this type of event. A young boy in 8th grade who was attending the event to hone his leadership skills decided to attend the Live It Up! Don’t Give It Up! Suicide Prevention session. Later that night, he later revealed to his dad that when the teen facilitators leading the session shared the symptoms of depression, he could recognize most of the symptoms in himself. Not only did he recognize that he was experiencing signs of depression, he then asked his parents to help him get an appointment to see a counselor.
After learning more about the boy, I now understand that the parents had been encouraging him to go speak with the school counselor, but he hadn’t wanted to go. He felt someone might make fun of him. His parents were so relieved when he asked on his own to go talk with someone. This young man had his first counseling session last week all because of one experience in a session at this conference.
As an annual event in recent years, the Sno-Valley Youth Council has prepared and served meals at local tent cities. This year, the council served a meal in Issaquah Tent City serving a population of approximately 40 homeless individuals in King County.
The council served a full meal featuring tacos with all the fixings — ground meats, salsa, cheese, lettuce, etc. One student, Julia Navidi actually baked over 200 chocolate chip cookies!
Students had the opportunity to talk with the people living in the shelter. Sometimes casual chit chat, other times people shared stories of what brought them to the shelter.
Toward the close of the evening, several patrons approached students to give heartfelt “Thank you’s” for their donated meals and generosity.
Snoqualmie Valley Community Network Board Expanded!
We are thrilled to announce the expansion of the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network (SVCN) Board of Directors. The board will be expanding from seven directors to a regional board of 23-25 directors with a wide range of community members and organizations represented (Please see list below). The decision to expand follows an 18 month process of really working to identify how to best meet the needs of the residents of the Snoqualmie Valley. Board members have been carefully selected and will provide key leadership as SVCN looks to a future as the backbone organization in the Valley that provides coordination of community initiatives that promote health and wellness.
Snoqualmie Valley Community Network Board of Directors
- Steve Bates (SVSD)
- Amy Biggs (Sno-Valley Transit)
- Nela Cumming, Secretary (Encompass)
- Paula Frederick (Friends of Youth)
- Ken Heikkila (RSD)
- Sue Henrikson (Community Member)
- Molly Jensen, Vice President (Community Member)
- Izzie MacCubbin (Cedarcrest student)
- Dave Mayer (Snoqualmie YMCA)
- Jennifer McKeown (Mountains to Sound)
- Warren Moon (Wilderness Awareness School)
- Dariel Norris (SVHD Commissioner)
- Alan Painter (King County)
- Nate Perea (Snoqualmie Chamber)
- Debby Peterman, President (Civic Organizations)
- Paula Steinke (Early Childhood)
- Jason Walker (City of Duvall)
- Nancy Walton-House (Community Member)
- Irene Wickstrom, Treasurer (King County Library System)
- Sarah Cassidy (Oxbow Farm)
- Kim Lisk (City of Carnation, Carnation Chamber)
- Steve McCulley (City of Snoqualmie; Snoqualmie PD)
- Amara Oden (Sno-Valley Senior Center)
- Monty Wright (Snoqualmie Valley Alliance)
This is a thrilling time for SVCN as we move to further fulfilling our vision of a Snoqualmie Valley where all residents thrive by building collaborations that inspire actions. The kick-off meeting for the restructured board will be May 13th and we are excited to see where this new level of collaboration will take us. To learn more about our board members, please visit The Board Members.
The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network recently led a key conversation among law enforcement and the local school districts about substance abuse in the valley and related prevention efforts. All three law enforcement jurisdictions in the Snoqualmie Valley (Snoqualmie PD, Duvall PD, and King County Sheriff) joined Superintendent Smith from Riverview School District and Superintendent Aune from Snoqualmie Valley School District for this important conversation.
The partners reviewed data from the Healthy Youth Survey (2012) and discussed what illegal substances are being seen most often in the Snoqualmie Valley. There was agreement that the Snoqualmie Valley community does struggle with illegal substance use like most places in the state of Washington.
The group discussed the need for key messaging within the community, not just messages that come from the school districts and law enforcement. The core message that really stood out to this group is: Talk Early and Often!
The group has agreed to this core message because it helps remind us all that talking to youth is essential to building healthy relationships. If we are making time to talk to kids about the everyday stuff on a regular basis, then when they need to talk to us about the really big stuff the behavior of talking to adults is normal. Talking early and often about peer pressure and substance abuse is also key to delaying and preventing youth use.
The next steps are to develop a messaging campaign that will invite other sectors of the community (churches, hospitals, health care) to also join in conveying this key message.