Posts By Kelley Edwards
Clinton has been very fortunate to have Asif John Hussaini as a resident and businessman for many years! John is known for his generosity and desire to give back to the community during the most trying of times. John is always a friendly face, a warm smile, and the most steady of optimism for the Clinton community. PiC thanks you, John, for being an a leader in making Clinton a great place to live and work!
Name: Asif John Hussaini
Title/Company/Business/Office held: Subway – Eat Fresh
How are you a partner in community? Clinton Red Cross Disaster Volunteer, Clinton Volunteer Fire Department, Economic Development Commission, Clinton Placemakers, Clinton Democratic Town Committee, Former Chamber of Commerce Board Member
Why do you feel it is important to get involved?
Community service is the most effective way to serve my fellow man and to give back for the abundance of opportunities from which I benefit.
What do you hope to contribute or accomplish?
To alleviate pain and suffering for people who have experienced a disaster. To promote Clinton businesses and to help attract more commercial development for a more prosperous place to live and to do business.
If Ben & Jerry’s named an ice cream after you, what would it be called?
HumaniHussaini- Scooped together it makes Rocky Road smoother.
Perhaps you have seen the tee shirts on young people around town? Maybe you recall seeing a REACT member at Christmas in Clinton, running the Elf on the Shelf game? When reading the Harbor News, your eyes caught “REACT” in the byline of a photograph? What exactly is REACT and what do they do?
REACT stands for Reality Even Affects Clinton Teens, and is a youth leadership club for Clinton students in grades 4-12 run by Partners in Community. With a substance free foundation, REACT teaches all ages of students about the 40 developmental assets (as identified by the Search Institute in Michigan) and empowers them with skills and opportunities to become leaders. Younger students in Pierson and Eliot meet monthly and learn about topics such as peer pressure, resistance skills, conflict management, social media, media literacy, and role models. Morgan REACT meets two times per month and students plan community activities such as the annual Haunted Hallways fundraiser, Christmas in Clinton, and a drug-free overnight at school called Spirit Night. All REACT students are given opportunities in the community to serve and represent their peers. REACT members serve on boards such as PiC, Planning and Zoning, and the Board of Education. They give important information on peer norms and behaviors that assist PiC in creating effective action plans to decrease substance use amongst teens. As Morgan students, REACT members can apply to attend local and national conferences in locations such as Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Colorado and California!
Morgan REACT students assist in the facilitation of the Eliot and Pierson REACT meetings, forming meaningful relationships with the younger students. This provides the older students with an opportunity to practice skills such as communication, role modeling, and organization. The younger students learn from their older peers in an active, experiential way, and the relationships that are formed act as “positive peer pressure”. The older students are great role models for the younger ones, and then are great mentors as the younger ones move up to Morgan. The fears of “not knowing anyone” as students move from one school to the next are lessened by these established connections with older mentors.
REACT’s goals are the following:
1. Students will understand the developmental assets and how they relate to healthy lifestyles and choices.
2. Students will be aware of the role of each asset in their life, family, school and community.
3. Students will recognize how they have influence within each asset, and how they can actively influence change for the better.
4. Students will develop and sustain positive relationships with Morgan REACT students and PiC staff.
5. Students will leave group able to have meaningful discussion with their families about assets and healthy choices.
There is also a REACT component for parents! Pierson and Eliot parents meet every other month and learn about Clinton adolescent alcohol and drug use trends, communication techniques to talk with their children, and developmental asset information. Parent REACT empowers adults to speak with youth about difficult topics. In addition, parent and students meet at the same time every other month and often will enjoy the same activity so that they have a common experience to process after each meeting.
The parent component of REACT realizes that parents are the #1 prevention strategy! The majority of teens say that their decision NOT to use drugs or alcohol was their parents’ well-communicated expectation that they not use as teenagers. Fear of disappointing their parents or receiving some other negative consequence remains the top reason teens choose not to use substances according to research in the U.S. REACT parents will be given information and opportunities to discuss and share techniques for communicating with their children.
If you are interested in any of the REACT groups, please contact Kelley Edwards are 860-664-1142 or email Kelley’s email.
Clinton students in Austin, TX
On August 13, 2013 Partners in Community launched its first ever Family OlymPiCs at the Morgan School with almost 80 participants! Planned primarily by Morgan students Jess Accetta, AJ Rai and Shelby Mehmet, the Family OlymPiCs included a free dinner for all participants, a free treat from the ice cream truck, and numerous cooperative games outside on the Morgan athletic fields.
Curious to know more about the hazards of the over-prescription of pain killers and how that is leading to heroin tragedies? What about the truths of marijuana use, especially for teens?
Here are several links to articles discussing these worrisome realities in 2016:
Prescription Drugs and Heroin: