January 2014 Newsletter | notMYkid.org
January 22, 2014
In This Issue
notMYkid Events
notMYkid Announces Gala Event: "A Taste of Discovery"
El Dorado - One of the five amazing vacation properties featured in the notMYkid gala raffle

Mark your calendars.  On April 25th, notMYkid will be offering you "A Taste of Discovery."  This year we're changing things up a bit, and will be hosting the event at SpoFit, the Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center.  Among other exciting things, the evening will feature an auction as well as a raffle for the chance to win an incredible vacation to one of five wonderful locations.  Join us for an evening of fun that will benefit notMYkid's prevention education programs.  Purchase your tickets here, and we'll see you at "A Taste of Discovery."
January Donor Spotlight: Discovery Land Company

notMYkid would like to thank Discovery Land Company, the presenting sponsor of this year's gala. Included in their generous donation are vacations to five of their luxurious properties: El Dorado (Cabo), Gozzer Ranch (Idaho), Makena (Maui), Baker's Bay (Bahamas) and Yellowstone Club (Montana). For a chance to win a trip to paradise, purchase your tickets here. Winners will be drawn on April 25, 2014.
notMYkid in the Community
notMYkid and amplif(i) to Join National Drug Facts Week
As part of our ongoing effort to increase awareness of the dangers of substance abuse, notMYkid and amplif(i) will participate in National Drug Facts Week.  The event, which takes place from January 27th to February 2nd, was created by NIDA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, to encourage teens to "shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse." As our part in the event, notMYkid and amplif(i) will be sharing interesting and educational drug facts on Facebook and Twitter.  If you haven't "liked" us on Facebook or followed us on Twitter yet, click the following links to stay up to date on our social media posts and interact with us.
notMYkid: Facebook and Twitter  
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Corporate Lunchbox Featured at Numerous Valley Companies
In addition to presenting to student, parent, and faculty groups in Arizona schools and Boys & Girls Clubs, notMYkid has the opportunity to take the message of prevention through education to a number of proactive corporations and organizations around the state.  Each month, more local companies have asked us to speak with their employees about prevention, in order to better equip their families to prevent negative youth behaviors.  We would like to thank the following for hosting upcoming Corporate Lunchbox presentations, and for their desire to be part of the solution:

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
American Express 
Salt River Project (SRP)
Retail Assistance Corporation
CoValence Laboratories
If you'd like notMYkid to present at your company or organization, send us an email at corporatedevelopment@notmykid.org for more information.


Parent Strategies


Planning How to Say "No" to Drugs and Alcohol 

drugs and alcohol


Many of us have told our children the importance of saying "no" when being offered drugs or alcohol.  However, how many of us have equipped them with the right tools to say no?  A simple "no" by itself is often not enough to deflect peer pressure.  It's important for kids to have a good reason.  That reason may vary depending on your child, their peer group, and the particular situation. 


As parents, it's crucial for us to sit down with our kids to help them prepare for various scenarios where they could be offered drugs and alcohol.  Role playing or discussing different situations can help you and your child to come up with creative ways to say "no" to negative choices, while still allowing your child to avoid potential embarrassment in front of their peers.  Don't wait for a problem to arise before you begin discussing prevention strategies with your family.      


For additional help in forming a family substance abuse prevention plan, be sure to read our "Conversation Starters" packet and "Talking With Kids" brochure.  To keep the conversation going and encourage even more positive family discussions, consider getting a pack of our notMYkid Conversation Cards.

notMYkid Updates

notMYkid Reaches 40,000+ People in First Half of 2013-2014

amplif(i) Peer Educator William speaks to kids at a local Boys & Girls Club

The first half of the 2013-2014 school year has been an exciting and successful time for notMYkid and amplif(i).  Through our presentations, we have reached 43,826 students, parents, and school faculty members with our message of positive life choices.  Our adult and peer educators have presented 290 times in 200 Arizona schools and Boys & Girls clubs, as well as at local companies and organizations who have hosted our Corporate Lunchbox events.  Your donations and support are a major reason why we have been able to reach so many people, and notMYkid would like to thank you for being a part of what we do.    

A Special Thank You to All of Our Partners in Law Enforcement


notMYkid would like to extend a very special "Thank You" to all of our partners in law enforcement.  Your commitment to prevention, dedication to leadership, and willingness to share your time with us has allowed us to grow in the community and serve more Arizona families than ever before.  A successful prevention program requires several key pieces, and you are an essential one.  We couldn't do it without you.  So from all of us at notMYkid, thank you.
You make it possible for notMYkid to take a message of hope and positive life choices to students, parents, and educators in Arizona.  It's because of your generosity that notMYkid is able to reach so many young people across the state and prevent the pain, sorrow, and even death that can result from destructive youth behaviors. 
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Your donation is tax-deductible.  Please click the button above to support notMYkid's prevention education programs.  

At notMYkid, we inspire positive life choices by educating our community about the consequences of destructive youth behaviors. Young adults who have overcome life-controlling addictions and behaviors share their personal stories with middle and high school students. In an effort to promote our prevention message we educate adults on the same addictions and destructive behaviors. Our goal is to increase awareness of the challenges kids face, provide information, and offer resources to support the success of students, families and educators.

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