Signature Programs

 

Signature programs are one-time educational and awareness building programs created and facilitated by UPC that have been used by schools and community organizations for at least two years with an ongoing evaluation of the participants indicating an increase in knowledge base and an overall rating of high satisfaction with the program.

 

 

Perils of the College Drinking Culture Forum

Program Description

 

“The Perils of the College Drinking Culture,” a signature program of the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC), aims to prepare families for what students will face at college related to underage and binge drinking. Since 2010 the forum has been held every year in different parts of the county in collaboration with the Fairfax County Police Department, Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale campus) and a number of Fairfax County high schools.  The forum includes the viewing of an award-winning powerful (and graphic) documentary, HAZE, followed by a panel discussion with local experts and extensive Q & A.  In order to increase the number of youth and parents participating in this significant awareness program, UPC is additionally developing a format for community and school groups to independently present this program following a UPC template for implementation. Learn more here...

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2016-2017 School Year Program Dates:

 

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PROTECT Against Substance Abuse

UPC's "PROTECT Against Substance Abuse" program held in November 2014 at Fairfax High School was taped by FCPS' Red Apple 21 cable channel and broadcast in early 2015 as part of its "Community Keynotes" program that also focused on student mental health and resiliency as well as substance abuse issues.

 

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Program Description

 

The “PROTECT Against Substance Abuse” program features local parents, young adults and professionals sharing personal stories about the consequences of substance abuse so that parents and students will understand the signs and symptoms of teenage drug abuse, what actions to take and where to find supportive resources. Middle and high school students and their parents are encouraged to attend.

 

The program is led by the Parents Reaching Out To Educate Communities Together (PROTECT) work group of the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC). This work group continues the educational effort initiated in 2009 by a group of parents and community leaders in response to a heroin ring in western Fairfax County and the death of 19-year-old Alicia Lannes.  With the rise in illicit use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines and use of heroin by teens and young adults, the program continues to be needed in our community.  New parents and recovering young adults have recently joined this group to help raise awareness of a national and local problem with opioid abuse leading to heroin use, overdose, and in some cases the death of Fairfax County young adults.

 

 

2016-2017 School Year Program Dates:

 

              SCHEDULE YOUR SCHOOL's EVENT NOW!

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Saturday Night In the Suburbs

Program Description

 

“Saturday Night in the Suburbs” is a parent awareness program developed by the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) and held in conjunction with school PTSA, school-community coalitions, high school staff, and students.  It features an evening of dialogue with a panel of high school seniors on drugs and alcohol use, teen parties, parent supervision and enabling, social media, and communication with parents. The program is for ADULTS ONLY.  Content is informative and appropriate for high school and middle school parents, and any adult in the community.

 

Interested in putting on the forum at your community event?

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For more information, please contact us

2016-2017 School Year Program Dates:

 

             SCHEDULE YOUR SCHOOL's EVENT NOW!

Marijuana Harmless? Think Again

Program Description

 

“Marijuana Harmless: Think Again” is a forum for parents, teens and community members to learn about today’s marijuana and its impact on the developing teen brain, academics, mental wellness and more through presentations by local professionals and the sharing of personal stories by those who have abused marijuana. In addition, a video by members of UPC’s high school Youth Council makes the case that marijuana is harmful and should not be legalized in Virginia.  See the video here.

 

Forums in English and Spanish are held periodically, sponsored by the members of the NOVA Regional Marijuana Task Force which was formed in 2014 under the leadership of the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC). UPC also has available a series of toolkit postcards on marijuana available for purchase for use with this program.

 

UPC's Board of Directors approved on April 9, 2014, a position statement on the legislation of marijuana in Virginia:

 

The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) strongly opposes any change to Virginia law that expands the legality of marijuana beyond strictly enforced prescription use. Marijuana use has damaging effects on the developing child and adolescent brain, and represents a serious public health and public safety threat in our community. The mission of UPC is to work collaboratively to prevent and reduce substance abuse and related risk factors by youth and young adults.

2016-2017 School Year Program Dates:

 

 

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The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) and this website are partially funded by a Virginia Strategic Prevention Framework - State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) and a federal SAMHSA Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking grant (STOP). UPC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with more than 60 partners and members from the community