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P.O.C.K.E.T. Awards
“Protecting Our Community’s Kids Every Time”

Do you have a relative or a co-worker who is having an impact on the lives on kids in our local community? In every neighborhood, there are “Unsung Heroes” who go well beyond their expected duties.

What is a POCKET Award?
POCKET Awards are designed to recognize community members who provide support to our youth in ways that help safeguard them against drug and alcohol abuse. The awards are based upon certain “Protective Factors”, such as solid family bonds and the capacity to succeed in school. Research shows that strengthening Protective Factors appears to balance and buffer the negative impact of existing risk factors, decreasing a child’s chance of developing problems with alcohol and drugs.

The nomination process is simple. Fill in the name, address, and telephone number of both your nominee and yourself as the nominator. Write a brief, passionate, compelling story about your friend. Tell something that distinguishes them as an individual. Then highlight how the nominee’s actions protect our community’s children. That’s it!

Nomination Criteria

  • Must reside in the mountain community.
  • Individual must be a private citizen – service given cannot be part of their job

Nomination Categories

  • Family Advocate - Parent leaders, parent advocates, and child advocated who facilitate parent education or training or who work to prevent violence/abuse/neglect. (ex. a volunteer working with teen parents, or an individual who helps at a shelter.)
  • Success in School Performance – Individuals who volunteer to support the education of children including educational environment, materials, and and academic needs. (ex. a neighbor who volunteers their kitchen table to kids who need a quiet space to do homework)
  • Promoting Positive Peer Affiliations - Individuals who encourage strong bonds and friendships among young people. (ex. volunteer youth pastors, club leaders, coaches, etc.)
  • Mentoring Hero - Individuals who model appropriate norms regarding drug and alcohol use and who encourage kids to reach their highest potential. (ex. “Big Brother/Sister” volunteers, college students who their time serving community youth, etc.)
  • Prevention Champion - Community members who work to encourage kids to avoid drug and alcohol use, and who use their time, talents, and energy to keeping our mountain safe from alcohol and drugs. (ex. community coalition members, recovering addicts who use their stories to help others, etc.)

Nominate someone by filling the following form:

STEP 1: Nominee Information

  • In this section, we require information on the individual being nominated for a POCKET Award.
 

STEP 2: Nominator Information

  • In this section, we require information on the individual who is nominating.
 

STEP 3: Summary Sentence

  • Please briefly state why you are nominating this person for a POCKET Award.
 

STEP 4: Outstanding Personal Acts

  • Please state in detail how this ordinary individual has performed outstanding personal acts to impact our community's kinds. Point out how this person stands out for taking extra steps. The acts were "outstanding", "unique", "heroic", etc.
 

STEP 5: Community Impact

  • Please describe the change or improvement this individual's actions have had on the community.
 

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Crestline Skatepark BBQ and Hangout 2!

Come on out to the second Crestline Skatepark BBQ and Hangout! 5pm today (Sept. 22nd) at the Crestline Skatepark on Lake Gregory Drive in Crestline, CA. It is completely free!

The Crestline Skatepark BBQ and Hangout event started as an idea by one of the Mountain High Community Care teen club members, who felt more teen oriented events and groups within our mountain communities would help prevent youth substance abuse. The club went further and sought the collaboration of Rim Family Services, the Rim Communities for Youth Coalition, the Lake Gregory Recreation Company, and many of the local mountain church youth groups to make the event a reality! The first event garnered 250 attendees and was a load of fun!

The sequel event is soon to commence so please come on out TODAY and have some fun!

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month!

Even with friends and family around, someone experiencing emotional pain or suicidal thoughts can feel isolated. You may sense something is wrong, but not realize how serious it is. Trust your instincts. The warning signs – like withdrawal, depression or hopelessness – are there, but not always obvious. Visit suicideispreventable.org to learn the signs, find the words and reach out. You have the power to make a difference. The power to save a life.

www.suicideisprevenable.org
Suicide Prevention Awareness | Know the Warning Signs of Suicidal Behavior

Immediate Job Opening – Student Assistance Program (SAP) / NCTI Educator (Full-Time)

Rim Family Services, Inc. is seeking applications for a full-time Student Assistance Program (SAP)/ NCTI Educator (BA/BS degree or higher preferred, but not required).  Experience working with tweens / teens a plus.  Please send resume to either jpurkiss@rimfamilyservices.org or fax to (909) 336-0990.  Position filled.

Immediate Job Opening – Student Assistance Program (SAP) Educator (Full-Time)

Rim Family Services, Inc. is seeking applications for a full-time Student Assistance Program (SAP) Educator (BA/BS degree or higher preferred, but not required).  Experience working with tweens / teens a plus.  Please send resume to either jpurkiss@rimfamilyservices.org or fax to (909) 336-0990.  Position filled.

Job Opening – Full time Drug Prevention Program Specialist (City of Big Bear Lake Area)

Rim Family Services, Inc. is seeking applications for a full-time Drug Prevention Program Specialist for the City of Big Bear Lake area.  Experience working with teens, data entry, and writing press releases preferred.  Please send resume to either cmyers@rimfamilyservices.org or fax to (909) 336-0990.  Position filled.

A Town Hall Meeting featuring Ray Lozano!

Come on out to our last community night until fall!
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Rim Communities for Youth and Rim Family Services would like to invite the entire community to attend a free event: A Town Hall Meeting featuring Ray Lozano! Come on out and hear a hilarious presentation raising awareness on the dangers of underage drinking. The event’s main presenter, Ray Lozano, is a wildly dynamic and entertaining speaker!
Since 1986, Ray Lozano has educated and entertained thousands of students in hundreds of middle schools and high schools from Alaska to Florida, and internationally in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. Ray has a talent and gift for conveying what could be construed as boring drug and alcohol prevention information in such a fun and humorous way that his audiences come away informed and entertained. The best analogy would be giving your kids medicine in a spoon-full of sugar. There’s a good reason that Ray’s audiences feel like they just came back from the Improv rather than from a “lecture.” Ray has performed stand-up comedy at the Improv in Hollywood and Ontario, CA. It is his background in comedy that keeps his audiences coming back time and time again. The fact that he has been asked to return to many of the same schools across the nation, some for as long as 15 years, speaks to Ray’s ability to keep his information updated, fresh and relevant.
Alcohol is second most abused substance in our Rim Communities. The event takes place at Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School (730 Rhine Rd Lake Arrowhead) on June 3rd at 6:30pm. There will be a free hot dog dinner and desserts!

Immediate Job Opening – Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Educator

Rim Family Services, Inc. is seeking applications for a temporary full-time Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Educator (B.S. degree or higher preferred).  Please send resume to either ahunt@rimfamilyservices.org or fax to (909) 336-0990.  Position filled.