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To foster nurturing and healthy relationships, environments and programs that encourage positive youth development and enable all young people in Greater Portland to live substance-free.

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OMOP promotes & integrates Search Institute's Developmental Assets┬« approach in our programming to further positive youth development in Portland.  Learn more about Developmental Assets at 

Maine Legislative Updates from the Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse

LD 821
: An Act to Support Collection and Proper Disposal of Unused Drugs

Times Record Letter to the Editor*
Rx Disposal Bill Worthy of Passage

*Times Record Letter to the Editor*
Unused Meds Pose Threat to Humans, Too

Melissa Fochesato,
coordinator for Communities Against Substance Abuse at
Mid Coast Hospital

LD 498: An Act Regarding Alcoholic Beverage Tastings - On premise

Click to find out how to contact your representative

Contact MAPSA's Statewide Coordinator,
Melissa Boyd at (207) 621-8118 FMI about getting your voice heard!

Visit MAPSA on the web

Maine Liquor Law Changes and Substance Abuse Legislative Updates: 2009 Summary
National News Links

Get Your Family Laughing

(MVP Parents)

Youth Speak about Positive Youth Development (Podcast)
(National Clearinghouse on Families &Youth)


National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy

Stay Teen

Common Knowledge: Helping Non-Profits Leverage the Internet for Fundraising, Marketing, Communications and Advocacy

Search Institute's Online Newsletter: January 2010

Sober Housing is Critical for Youth

(Connecticut Turning to Families & Youth)

Understanding the Legal Issues Impacting Refugee and Immigrant Families

(Center for Health in Schools)

Low Socioeconomic Status Affects Cortisol Levels in Children Over Time

(ScienceDaily - 1/21/10)


"Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?"



Program Uses Art to Engage at-Risk Kids and Identify Needs

(ScienceDaily - 1/21/10)

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One Maine One Portland e-Newsletter: February 2010
OMOP Project Updates
Positive Tickets LogoPositive Tickets
The tickets officially hit the streets on December 18, 2009.  With unyielding dedication and enthusiasm for this project, our two champions - Michelle Lauture (Parkside Community Police liaison) and Officer Raymond Ruby (Portland PD Youth Services Officer) - shared the Positive Tickets vision with the Senior Lead Officers and Police Chief James Craig.  Officer Ruby has handed out tickets to youth at the Boys & Girls Club and other SLOs were busy handing out tickets to youth helping senior citizens wrap presents over the Holidays.  A group activity for both officers and youth to attend together is being planned for Spring 2010.  Click HERE to learn more.
From Officer Raymond Ruby: 
"As the department's youth services officer, I have a lot of contact with youth while on and off duty. Since the launch of Positive Tickets last month, I do not leave the PD without them by my side. I just love the idea of being able to reward youth for doing something positive. Many times they don't even realize that the act they committed is positive but these tickets bring it to light and what better than an officer to issue it to them. I look forward to continue working with this program."

Life Skills Training: Moore Middle School
About LST: Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.
Reflections from Moore students & Ms. BrinkmanMoore Middle School  students
Student #1: "I learned that a lot of magazines have ads usually about alcohol and it says they'll make you cooler but they don't tell you that it can actually kill you and stuff and hurt your brain cells.    About cigarettes, I learned that it makes your lungs black and tar gets into you after you smoke and your hands will shake."
Student #2: "I learned that in cigarettes, there's tar and it can cause lung cancer or some other kid of disease.  The smoke is very bad for you.  On the tip of the cigarette, there's sidestream smoke and that's way worse even than second hand smoke."
From Patty Brinkman, School Counselor & LST facilitator: "I have enjoyed presenting the Life Skills Training classes to the sixth grade students at Lyman Moore Middle School.  These lessons contain valuable and easy-to-access information for the young adolescent and I have found that presenting it to the entire class of sixth graders rather than a select or "at-risk group" allows for more open discussion and questions.  I have also found that the activities are relevant, the lessons follow a predictable format and we can build on previous discussions when we go into each next unit.  Information about cigarettes has been especially enlightening to the students.  As a class-wide presentation, students participate more.  I think they see that de-bunking myths about cigarettes and alcohol as valuable to each of them as they grow up, and at the same time, they can see that our school believes in promoting behaviors and education that will help students resist substance abuse."

Keepin' It Local: Partner Updates
Visit 21 Reasons' Website21 Reasons Tip of the Month: Say "I Love You" with Actions!
Show your kids you love them by keeping them safe and healthy.  Get involved, set clear expectations, and enforce the rules.  Visit for more tips and info!
WinteRush 2010WinteRush 2010: Maine's coolest outdoor festival will offer fun activities for all ages in Deering Oaks Park
On Saturday February 13th, Mayor Nicholas Mavadones will officially open the 2nd Annual Portland WinteRush at 10:30 am in Deering Oaks Park.  Portland WinteRush offers a number of fun activities for people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors in Portland.  WinteRush begins with the PolarBear 5K sponsored by Tri-Maine followed by the 1st Annual Portland Snow Plow Parade along Park Avenue.  FMI visit!
Raising Healthy Sons & Daughters:
MaineHealth 2010 Cataloghursday February 11th at Maine Health's Learning Resource Center (Portland)
Join Megan Williams from Hardy Girls Healthy Women and Jeff Morrill, LCSW, from Boys to Men as they explore the media that kids are exposed to and how to use it to talk about gender roles with your own sons and daughters.  FMI Call 1-866-609-5183 or visit the MaineHealth LRC 2010 Catalog (PDF) for more class offerings such as: Addressing Childhood Anxiety, Difficult Subjects: How to Talk to Parents, and MORE!
family walking"Move with Your Mom" in Deering Oaks on May 15, 2010
Combining a walk around Deering Oaks Park with an outdoor health fair, women can get simple exercise (with their kids) and learn about available community resources, programs, and simple self care tips, such as self-breast exams, healthy recipes, etc.  The walk is less than a mile around, and women will stop at the various tables of the partners.  The walk will culminate at the new Park Avenue Community Health Center with a small reception of healthy snacks, and an overview of their services.  Additional details to be determined.  If you or your organization would like to learn more about "Move with Your Mom," contact Anne Tricomi, City of Portland Public Health Division's Maine Breast & Cervical Health Program coordinator at (207) 541-6955.
Keepin' It Local: In the News

Officers, civilians cited for great police work

(Portland Press Herald - 1/23/10)


Portland Community Chamber Announces Need for Restoration of Police-Youth Intervention Programs

(Portland Region Chamber of Commerce)


Maine Assets Getting to Outcomes (AGTO) Website


Natural Helpers Maine contest via Natural High

Youth Empowerment Policy Project's official release of
"Shadow's Unveiled: The Truth about Mixing

February 9, 2010 @ the State House in Augusta

FMI contact Corrie Brown at (207) 626-3615

Project Aware: "Empowering Young People to Lead"

Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program:

Beyond the Basics of Suicide Prevention VI - April 9, 2010

(Registration Info)

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