You are invited to a special exhibit! Metro West prevention coalitions unite to bring Hidden in Plain Sight, an initiative to help parents spot signs of teen risky behavior, to Natick Mall. See the above flyer for more details! While anyone age 21 and over may view the exhibit at any time it is open, the grand opening is May 10th from 10am to 12pm and will feature community and state leaders throughout the Metro West area. Medfield’s own coalition, Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) will oversee the exhibit Thursday, May 19th from 10am to 2pm and Friday May 20th from 5pm-9pm. Why not make it a day or evening out to the mall with friends to explore the exhibit and catch up with coalition members from your community! We hope you to see you there!
REQUEST FOR PARENT/COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS as “Tour Guides”
Hidden in Plain Sight:
Spot At-Risk Behavior at The Natick Mall
Community Initiative to Help Parents Recognize Signs of Youth Substance Use
WHAT: The Hidden in Plain Sight initiative helps parents spot signs of youth at-risk behaviors using an interactive display of a teenager’s bedroom. Specially trained “tour guides” from MetroWest community coalitions will walk participants through the display, providing education about adolescent development and common signs of substance use.
This exhibit encourages parents to communicate with their children about at-risk behavior that could lead to opioid addiction and other substance use disorders because a strong parent-teen relationship is the most effective tool to prevent substance use.
The initiative is sponsored by South Shore Hospital’s Youth Health Connection, BlumShapiro, The Natick -Mall, Natick Together for Youth, the Town of Natick, SOAR (Supporting Our Addicts Recovery) Natick, Ashland’s Decisions at Every Turn Coalition, Framingham Health Department, the Holliston Drug & Alcohol Awareness Coalition, Hopkinton Organizing for Prevention, Medfield Cares About Prevention, SAFE/JAG Coalition, and Wayland Cares.
WHY: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, with an estimated 1,173 opioid related deaths in 2014 and an estimated 1,104 opioid related deaths between January and September 2015.*
Studies have shown that youth use of substances like alcohol, marijuana and prescription pain medication is associated with increased risk of addiction to heroin and other opioids.
WHEN: Hidden in Plain Sight is open to the public May 9th-26th
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 5pm-9pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am-2pm, and Saturdays & Sundays from 12pm-4pm
Each sponsoring community coalition has taken responsibility for set shifts.
Medfield, through Medfield Cares About Prevention has committed to cover Thursday, May 19th from 10am to 2pm and Friday, May 20th from 5pm-9pm with volunteer “tour guides” from Medfield. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for the whole four hour shift or for two hour increments. Medfield Youth Outreach will offer trainings for volunteers on May 10th at 11am and 7pm (or upon request) at their location. “Tour guide” training is approximately 45 minutes long.
WHO: Hidden in Plain Sight is open to all members of the public over the age of 21 and therefore all volunteers must be age 21 or over. Children may not accompany adult volunteers due to the nature of the exhibit.
WHERE: The Hidden in Plain Sight event is at the Natick Mall, 1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760; located on the first floor of the mall, near Sears (next to GameStop and across from CVS). Volunteer training will be held at Medfield Youth Outreach at 88R South Street, Medfield High School (DOOR 12).
CONTACT: Please contact Dawn Alcott or Chelsea Goldstein-Walsh, firstname.lastname@example.org, (508) 359-7121 if you are interested in volunteering for this event.
*Source: MA Department of Public Health http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/quality/drugcontrol/county-level-pmp/data-brief-overdose-deaths-ma-residents-january-2016.pdf