Family Recovery Workshop
Building Skills
The Youth Connection
Family Recovery Workshop

Family Recovery Workshops are back and being facilitated by our very own Stephanie Hardy. Classes meet every week to offer education and support, AT NO COST, for parents, siblings, and spouses who are dealing with a loved one battling addiction.

These workshops are a series of lectures, activities, and discussions that provide education, guidance, and support for families impacted by a loved one’s addiction. Families can learn about the Neurobiology of Addiction, enabling and co-dependency, communication, setting healthy boundaries, the process of recovery, and more.

Classes are currently being held at the The Avenue Church in Talbott, TN from 6pm to 8pm every Monday. The classes meet once every week for 12 weeks. For more information contact Stephanie Hardy 423-748-7494.

Building Skills

Building Skills is a program for youth ages 12-18, that holds class for two hour blocks, once a week for twelve weeks. While there is no homework, students are encouraged to use the skills they are learning in their everyday lives.

Topics covered include:

• ACES & Resilience

• Self-esteem

• Personal Character

• Negative Thoughts

• Self-Control

• Strengths & Weaknesses

• Morals & Values

• Resolving Conflict

• Non-verbal Communication

• Perspective Taking

• Setting Goals & Solving Problems

Our Mission at Building Skills is to help young people look beyond their “temporary circumstances” and see how the choices they make now can positively or negatively change their futures.

All youth that fall within one or more of these subsets may be at elevated risk of substance abuse & risky behaviors. · High School Dropouts · Poor Academic Performance · Truancy · Juvenile Offenders · Poor Social Skills · Poor Behavioral Skills · Low Self-Esteem · Poor Anger Management · Youth experimenting with drugs or alcohol Although this program can offer no guarantees pertaining to decisions that youth might ultimately make, many young people that have completed this program have become more responsible with their life choices.

There are devastating consequences to experiencing trauma during childhood, such as disease, mental illness, and substance abuse. However, no child is doomed in the face of these adversities. Protective factors like supportive family or friends, can help lesson the effects of experiencing adversity in childhood. At Building Skills we build resilience in our young people. We teach them how to overcome their obstacles by seeing above their situations, working through the emotions involved, and looking at it from a new perspective.

We believe that the youth in our community are a valuable and powerful resource in their own development and should be an integral part in program planning and implementation. By developing our students to be leaders, thinkers, and doers we are preventing underage drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse.

Our Mission

The Youth Connection (TYC) is a drug prevention and youth leadership project intended to harness the power of peer pressure-making it a positive force to encourage young adults to live free of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

Our Goal

Investing in our student’s leadership abilities we are empowering them to tap into their own beliefs and ideas by discovering creative strategies to make their future brighter. TYC’s mission is to help youth design a plan of action to improve their own community and engage other teens to stay substance free. It is only through engaging our local youth in problem solving that we can truly change the community we live in.

KASA is our Hispanic Element of the HCSAC, kind-of a coalition within the coalition. Alexis Andino is the Director of KASA. He began in a part-time capacity in 2009 and has been with us since 2013.

Alexis began Hispanic basic computer skills training in 2011. He has been working with the Migrant Farm Worker population for several years in the areas of health care and substance abuse prevention. He leads a very successful outreach program, the “Promotores de Salud” that visits with Hispanic families within their homes and at community events that draw the Hispanic population.

Kasa addresses issues within the Hispanic culture from alcoholism, which is prevalent in first generation Hispanics, to prescription pill addiction which is being seen as a result of American culture now impacting the Hispanic 2nd and third generation populations. Parenting classes, a Hispanic version of our “Building Skills” program for young people with potential behavioral problems and/or are at-risk for substance abuse, and a Hispanic version of “Celebrate Recovery” program are implementations that are either currently being offered or are planned for the near future.