The Resource Room is proud to partner with Miami Gardens Safe and Drug Free Coalition to build a better community for our children
As the resource for childcare, parental support and family information, The Resource Room is committed to help make Miami Gardens a safe and drug-free environment for the next generation. Learn more about the Coalition here, and follow us on Facebook for updates.
Who We Are
Miami Gardens Safe and Drug Free Coalition (MGC) is a coalition of government officials, law enforcement, program/nonprofit leaders, educational institutions and neighborhood advocates dedicated to making the City a safe and drug-free environment for our families and children to prosper and thrive.
How We Help Miami Gardens
In 2013, the Miami Gardens Safe and Drug Free Coalition (MGC) developed a city wide initiative designed to provide structure and guidance to community and individual actions that will strengthen Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug (ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS) prevention, titled For the Children’s Sake Campaign (FCSC). FCSC encompasses the input of local leaders and local data to describe four broad areas, in which all community members can contribute to preventing ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS misuse and abuse:
- A wide range of organizations and community members can develop and support efforts that build positive youth assets and connect isolated or vulnerable populations to community members. Examples of isolated and vulnerable populations are Disconnected Youth and Young Adults ages 15-24; These efforts can lead to a reduction of ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS use and associated potential harms;
- Community action to shape social and cultural norms can lessen the long standing acceptance of ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS use and advertising aimed at influencing young people and others.
- There are specific actions that communities can take to reduce access or availability of ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS within the retail, social and school settings. Individual decisions, organizational practices, and community policies can reduce the ease of obtaining ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS. In addition, collaborating with groups that serve alcohol and dispense prescription medications can promote a healthier community;
- Strengthened enforcement of existing laws related to ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS use and new public and organizational policies that discourage ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS use can contribute to lowering ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS use among youth and promoting healthier choices among all Miami Gardens residents. Opportunities exist to learn from communities that have adopted policies that reduce the availability, affordability, or prominence of ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS in their communities. There are also untapped allies for ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS prevention who have successfully advocated for policies that promote community health;
- Finally, the Miami Gardens community as a whole can improve its capacity to prevent, rather than respond to, the harmful effects of ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS. With increased awareness, involvement, and collaboration among community leaders, the case for prevention can be strengthened. Such actions will contribute to greater resources to support ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS prevention and to the ongoing collection of information to ensure that prevention resources are used wisely.
How We Are Different
For the Children’s Sake Campaign is different from most community-wide efforts focused on children and youth:
- Instead of focusing only on preventing specific problems, For the Children’s Sake Campaign will emphasize building strengths, using Search Institute’s research-based framework of developmental assets as foundation;
- Instead of designing new community-wide programs, we seek to encourage each youth, adult, parent, neighbor, organization, to find creative ways to help build assets either informally or formally;
- Instead of starting a new organization and hiring a centralized staff, we propose building a partnership from across the community to inspire, guide, and coordinate efforts;
- Instead of working to meet the needs of just a few targeted young people in the community, we are challenging the community to improve the lives of all young people and their families—including those who are struggling the most;
- Instead of expecting quick fixes and short-term successes, we will concentrate on the long-term process of strengthening relationships and community so that all young people could thrive.
What You Can Do
For the Children’s Sake Campaign will ask you to get involved with eliminating alcohol, tobacco and other substance abuse in the future —
- through survey participation;
- signing petitions to show community involvement;
- following us on Facebook;
- joining our Live Healthy Miami Gardens committee;
- taking pictures of when you see drug substance abuse activity in our communities, so it can be reported;
- participating as a “secret shopper” to make sure laws preventing sales of ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS to minors are being enforced;
- and being part of our network to keep Miami Gardens safe and drug-free.
Check back with us on how to get involved with making our communities safer and healthier. Sign up for our newsletter here and follow us on Facebook for updates!
Meet Our Partners
- Live Healthy Miami Gardens’ ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS Subcouncil. To learn more about this council and how to join, contact Ebony Jackson at 786-229-1701 or visit http://livehealthymiamigardens.com/impact-areas/healthy-community/
- Live Healthy Miami Gardens. http://livehealthymiamigardens.com
- Informed Families. informedfamilies.org