In The month of january 1999, a little number of Baltimore County school nurses, parents, used machinery auctions instructors, and advisors from Initial Step met to go over ways they might better meet the requirements from the students, parents, and also the community they serve. Their concerns focused around their need to educate parents and youth concerning the danger and signs and symptoms of drug and excessive drinking, empower families to become positive within their approach towards health, and provide students the various tools they will have to make responsible healthy choices. This effort crystallized in to the HELPS (Health Teachers Connecting Parents and Students) Coalition which within the years has backed occasions for example:
Heartsaver CPR classes for moms and dads and faculty people Active Raising a child Classes for moms and dads of kids of any age Expert guest loudspeakers for moms and dads and instructors. Subjects addressed incorporated childhood/adolescent depression and anxiety, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, sexuality issues, Online safety, and drug abuse Student presentations by: Michael Pritchard - Comedy Educator, Spencer "Spinny" Manley - former Harlem Globetrotter and Wayne Allen - Illusionist
Lately our most effective youth event occured on Saturday, September 30th in the Marriott Search Valley Motel, "Rhythm Competition Youth Conference." 100 students age range 11-14 years found hear a DEA agent, a comedian, a rock-band, several emcees, along with a youth counselor talk about options, character, current drug trends, as well as sing about life's issues! We've many occasions already planned for that approaching 2006-2007 school year!