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Tuesday, October 5th, 2021
Happy October!

A big thank you to all who attended our Block Party on September 10! It was a great evening filled with fun, music, food, vaccines, and the smiling faces of our neighbors. We hope to return for our 8th annual Block Party in June.

If you or someone you know would like a free bike helmet or medication lock box, please email kellyc@hccvt.org. We can meet you at our office in The Junction Marketplace.

Additionally, if you or a young person you know needs a tablet, gender-affirming resources, or would like to join Vermont's GSA Network, please follow these links from Outright VT and complete the short forms.

Em and Kelly
The HCC Team

Events in Our Community

October is Bullying Prevention Month
According to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 15% of HHS students reported being bullied in the last 30 days, and 22% of middle school students reported being bullied in the last 30 days. 45% of Hartford Middle School students reported ever being bullied on school property. At both schools, about 8% of students reported that they had bullied someone in the last 30 days.

Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, social, emotional, academic, and mental health issues that may persist into adulthood. 

To stand up to bullying, HCC will be wearing blue and talking to HMMS and HHS students about bullying on October 13 and promoting use of the #BlueUp hashtag on social media to stop bullying and harassment and embrace our differences. 
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Drug Take Back Day
Our community has created an easy way for you to safely dispose of unused or unwanted medications at medication drop boxes or collection sites on Take Back Day, in tandem with National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

In April, Hartford collected 103 pounds of unused/expired medications on Take Back Day.

Why does it matter? Between 5% and 12% of Windsor, Sullivan, and Grafton County teens say they have misused prescription meds in the last 30 days.

30% of high school students in these counties don't think it is dangerous if someone their age uses prescription meds without a prescription.

Satuday, October 23 at the WRJ Food Co-op from 10:00 - 12:00

Medication drop boxes are available 24/7 at the Hartford Police Department
Fall Events with Parks & Rec
Harvest Movie Night in the Park:

Bundle up and join us on October 8th at 4:30 at Lyman Point Park for fall fun. There will be pumpkin bowling, s'more roasting, pumpkin painting, face painting and Curious George’s Halloween Boo Fest will begin playing at dusk, about 6:30pm. See you there!!


Save the date for a family-friendly Halloween movie night with Parks and Recreation at the HHS gym on Friday, October 29th, followed by Trunk or Treat from 4:00 - 6:00pm on Saturday, October 30 at Lyman Point Park.


Youth Mental Health First Aid

HCC is proud to offer youth mental health first aid training taught by certified trainers, Kelly Clements, MPH, and Emily Zanleoni, LCMHC, NCC. 

Why should you sign up? 
Today, 1 in 5 adolescents will experience a mental health issue. 75% of mental health disorders begin by the age of 24. Despite the prevalence of mental health disorders, only 7% of youth receive screening or treatment. 

Trainees will receive a 3-year certification to become a first aider to recognize signs and help refer to professionals.

We are currently accepting registrations for a future training. Contact Kelly at kellyc@hccvt.org to hold your spot.

HCC Recognizes Red Ribbon Week: October 23rd to 31st
Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs faced by individuals, families, and communities. This annual health observance encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.

The first official Red Ribbon Week celebration was created by the National Family Partnership in 1988. Since then, the red ribbon has symbolized a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our nation’s communities.

Red Ribbon Week offers a great opportunity for parents, teachers, educators, and community organizations to raise awareness of the problem of drug misuse. DEA has created materials to help your school and community participate in Red Ribbon Week. The online toolkit includes a variety of helpful resources, including downloadable graphics, a fact card and student and parent pledges, and ways to promote Red Ribbon Week in your school or community.

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Johnny's Ambassadors Webinars
Cannabis Use Prevention Webinars

Johnny's Ambassadors provides on-demand recordings of previous Expert Webinar Series for Parents. They provide this world-class repository of marijuana education to prevent youth substance abuse, mental illness, and suicide.

This education is provided FREE for individuals. To register for an upcoming event, please see their webinar schedule.

CATV: Telling My Story
This summer a group of housed and unhoused community members met regularly in Lyman Point Park to share their stories and break down barriers of preconceptions about differences. They shaped their stories into this powerful public performance.
Telling My Story is an interdisciplinary arts program that works to develop self-awareness and communication skills through collective creativity, facilitated by Wilder's Pati Hernandez Documented by Jay Beaudoin.

If you missed it CATV is now making this amazing, touching performance available.

Watch "Us and Them" Here
Dartmouth Alliance for Children and Adolescents of Color

Sign up to get a mentor from Dartmouth Alliance for Adolescents of Color! DAAC pairs teens of color with with supportive Dartmouth students of color and runs free biweekly hangouts for mentors to spend additional time with their mentees.

Apply to the Program
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