Mountain View Prevention Services supports healthy choices. We make every effort to participate in opportunities in the area to promote our message at health fairs and community events. We believe our presence at these events allows the community a chance to meet us, talk with us and request information on topics that may be of interest to them. In addition to this work, we offer the following:
Mock Room: Check out our mock bedroom to learn the latest indicators of drug or alcohol use among youth. Concealment containers, logos, clothing, paraphernalia, and hiding places are on display for you to test your knowledge. The mock room is often displayed at community events and is available upon request.
Presentations: Knowledge is the key to preventing drug and alcohol use, and MVPS wants all community members to be equipped to handle conversations with youth, family members and community members; therefore, staff are available to present on a variety of topics that can be tailored to school, workplace and community needs. Topics may include, but not be limited to: juuling, tobacco, availability of drugs and alcohol, trends of drugs and alcohol, and gambling.
Information Tables: If you are hosting an event where prevention information can be shared, MVPS would like to attend. Please notify us of the event details, including: date, time range, location, the target audience, and if there is a specific topic to be highlighted. MVPS will make every effort to be there.
Super Stage is a summer program that presents an opportunity for children to be introduced to the theater experience. Children participating in Super Stage learn about auditioning, acting, designing stage sets and props, and making costumes. The program runs for six weeks culminating with the show date. Participants experience first-hand all that is involved in producing a theatrical play. This is an experience where cooperation and creativity take place, self esteem and friendships develop.
MVPS partners with Beaver River Central School, Lowville Academy Central School, and South Lewis Central School by providing funding for supplies and staff.
MVPS thanks theStewart's Holiday Match Program for their annual contribution towards supplies for this program.
Kids Camp/Challenge Week
KIDSKAMP is a week-long summer program in August, available to South Lewis students entering fifth grade. Challenge Week is a similar program offered the following week to incoming eighth grade students. The KIDSKAMP /Challenge Week summer program started during the summer of 1999, thanks to now retired Elementary School Counselor, Mr. Bob Newberry. The tradition of KIDSKAMP/Challenge Week continues as the South Lewis School District values opportunities for our students to engage in the process of self-discovery and planning for the future.
Many exciting activities and trips are planned through-out the week-long event to inspire and motivate our students. Both groups of students visit Beaver Camp (www.beavercamp.org), where the students spend the day on the ropes Course exploring the lower and higher elements. Students often find this day to be the most exciting of the week. Students always find that there are many important life lessons to be learned on the ropes course: the importance of teamwork, effective communication, perseverance, facing fears, and overcoming obstacles. The primary reason to take students through the ropes Course during KIDSKAMP/Challenge Week is to teach them that life is full of many challenges and adversities. We encourage our students to understand that challenges are meant to be faced head on, and that with hard work and determination anything is possible.
Our students also visit college campuses during the course of the week. This is a great opportunity to expose our students to post-secondary education options. These visits are usually facilitated by campus staff and college students who conduct tours and activities meant to get our students interested in higher learning. Our KIDSKAMP students visit Hamilton College in Clinton, NY (www.hamilton.edu ) . Every year, Ms. Phyllis Breland and her assistant Wilfred Jackson put together a wonderful visit complete with a presentation about dreaming big for the future, a campus tour, and an exciting visit to the all you can eat buffet in the dining hall. Students attending Challenge Week routinely visit St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY (www.stlawu.edu ). This year, students went to Colgate University in Hamilton, and enjoyed a wonderfully interactive tour and all the pizza they could eat in the campus dining hall. Colgate was even kind enough to give a Colgate t-shirt to every student. So many of our kids shared that the visit really got them thinking about college as a future option.
On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week guest speakers come to talk to the students about the importance of having and accomplishing goals and dreams. We have had Kylie Simpson from Mountain View Prevention Services talk about her half marathon training. Ed Steckly, former Student Assistance Counselor, talks with our students annually, and gives them an inspirational message to carry through the weeks' events. Mr. Christopher Villiere, Port Leyden Principal, has shared a motivational lesson on Growth Mindset with our 8th grade students to help them think about how mindset and attitude determine future successes. Mr. Lee Vance has also shared his work on mindfulness, to help our students to think more about getting the most of their time in the classroom.
Guest speakers are also invited to share about overcoming significant obstacles and challenges in and out of school. Heidi Abbey, Rebecca Garner, Sgt. Jesse Steele (retired ARMY), Olivia Kriwox, and Connor McGough are a few of our past guests. In addition to speakers, the students see great motivational movies like "The Blind Side," "Front of the Class," or "Hoovey" to continue thinking about how to have a positive orientation when faced with adversity.
Before each week is over, students are encouraged to talk about goals for the upcoming school year, how they will overcome obstacles they may face, and the dreams/goals they have for the future.
*** Only 25 students from each grade will be able to participate so students are encouraged to apply ASAP if they are interested in attending.
Picture: Tom Bradish went Beaver Camp with 5th grade students during KidsKamp.
UP! - United Prevention Coalition of Lewis County
In 2017 MVPS was successful in obtaining 5 years of Drug Free Community funds in partnership with UP! (formerly the Youth Empowerment and Health! Coalition. This grant will support environmental strategies to reduce underage drinking and misuse of prescription medications in 12-17 year-olds. For more information, please visit the UP! Coalition facebook page: @UPCoalitionLC.
Scholarships are awarded to one graduate from each of the five Lewis County schools as well as Adirondack Central. Although it may seem that alcohol and substance use is a national concern, there are many youth who refuse to include alcohol and drugs as part of their lives. These individuals are role models for their peers. The awards are presented to seniors who best demonstrate alcohol and other drug-free behavior and positively influence others.
2018 Scholarship Recipients
Adirondack Central School - Hannah Hutchinson
Beaver River Central School - Jordan Cornell & Sierra Kempney
Copenhagen Central School - Sarah Wilder
Harrisville Central School - Hazel Deamer
Lowville Academy and Central School - Cassidy Buchman
South Lewis Central School - To be Announced