Student panel makes the case for in-school substance abuse prevention, education, and early intervention for Los Angeles youth
LOS ANGELES – On October 4th, Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles is proudly participating in the 3rd Annual National Week of Action to reduce pushout in our schools. Pushout – which refers to underachieving, troubled, or otherwise “problem” students who are encouraged to leave their schools before graduating – affects more than a million students each year nationwide. These young people are at high risk for gang participation, frequently struggle with substance abuse and other mental health issues, and often end up in the Juvenile Justice system.
In collaboration with the Los Angeles Education Partnership, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Youth Policy Institute and the Gang Reduction Youth Development Program, among others, a panel of Phoenix House student speakers are making the case for substance abuse prevention, education, and early intervention for Los Angeles youth. Phoenix House’s prevention and education services highlight the dangers of drug use, reinforce self-esteem, and teach teens and adults to make positive choices. School administrators from middle and high schools all across the San Fernando Valley are invited to attend this National Week of Action on School Pushout Awareness Event, where Phoenix House Academy students and community partners are discussing this issue, as well as alternatives to suspension and expulsion. The event is taking place on October 4th from 5-7 pm at Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall (13520 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima). For more information, please contact Karla Ruiz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 213 622 5237 x255.
Nearly 600 young people are served each year in three Phoenix House Academies in California, where treatment is tailored to serve teenagers who grapple with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health issues simultaneous to their addictions. This approach has received national recognition from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. In addition to residential, outpatient, and home-based services, Phoenix House collaborates with the Los Angeles Unified School District to offer substance abuse education, prevention, and evidenced-based intervention services in the North East Valley middle and high schools.
As a leading nonprofit provider of substance abuse treatment and prevention services since 1967, Phoenix House helps more than 7,000 men, women and teens each day as they overcome addiction and begin new lives in recovery. Phoenix House programs meet the needs of each individual client, and we are known for a willingness to embrace new research-tested treatment methods and practices. Our nearly 150 programs in California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, and Maryland/Virginia/Metro D.C. lead individuals and families affected by addiction from disruptive to productive lives. We welcome clients from every level of society and address an array of problems. We work with kids at risk, support clients in recovery, and offer a wide range of treatment options for adults and teens, as well as additional services such as vocational training and expressive arts therapy.
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