Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Prevention Education

 

Achieving Our Dreams

A community-based drug and alcohol prevention program for youth and adults


The "Achieving Our Dreams" (AOD) program is a new approach to the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse in Native communities.

The overall goal of this program is to empower youth and community to live healthy lifestyles by:

  • Increasing our sense of control & motivation to make better decisions and live a healthier lifestyle
  • Decreasing alcohol and drug use / abuse
  • Increasing help-seeking behaviors
  • Decreasing risky behaviors

Program Offerings

We offer the following evidenced-based model programs for youth:
  • Life Skills Training Sessions:
    • Elementary level (Grades 3-6)
  • Too Good for Violence  (Grades K-4)
  • Too Good for Drugs (Grades 5-8)
  • SPORT (for Middle & High School youth)

Community Events and Offerings

  • Haudenosaunee Social Dances
  • Documentary showings focusing on Native Health & Wellness
  • Celebrating with a Good Mind – monthly drug and alcohol–free events
  • Problem Gambling Awareness workshops
  • Native American Cultural Competency trainings

About Our Services

  • FREE programming to youth for schools, organizations, community groups
  • FREE community drug and alcohol-free events
  • Open to everyone who wants a healthy lifestyle
  • Our motto “WE CAN HAVE FUN WITHOUT DRUGS OR ALCOHOL”
  • All we ask is that you come with A Good Mind

Contact Us

Star Wheeler
Health & Wellness Director
(716) 874-2797 x309
swheeler@nacswny.org
Kara Cross or Amelia Lobo
Prevention Specialists
(716) 874-2797

NACS' Health & Wellness:

The MISSION of Native American Community Services’ Health & Wellness Component is to promote healthy lifestyles and choices for the Native American and all other communities by providing services, supports, and opportunities for healthy development and empowerment. The VISION of Native American Community Services’ Health & Wellness Component is thriving and empowered communities whose members achieve optimal health and wellness across the lifespan.