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REACT – over 150 members strong!

September 19, 2017 |

REACT, which stands for Reality Even Affects Clinton Teens, is substance-free group for Pierson, Eliot and Morgan students that focuses on fun, leadership skills, and peer support for positive decision making. Read on for more information about each group.

MORGAN REACT

Morgan REACT is a club for any Clinton 9-12 grader, whether they attend Morgan or another high school.
Morgan REACT meets twice per month in the evening and focuses on leadership skill development, identifying personal strengths, peer support, and substance abuse prevention.
Morgan REACT’s major project is Haunted Hallways which raises funds for Clinton Social Services. Haunted Hallways is always held the Sunday evening before Halloween.
Morgan REACT also participates in Christmas in Clinton, Family Day, and many other Clinton town events. All members are offered community service opportunities throughout the school year. Some members attend state and national conferences and trainings, and have also testified at the state capitol.

ELIOT REACT

Eliot REACT includes Eliot 6-8 grade students in fun, engaging meetings once per month. Every other month, parents are included in the monthly meetings. Students and parents are educated on the 40 Developmental Assets, which are the building blocks of positive decision making, through group games, individual challenges and other fun activities.

Eliot REACT members offer the Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt game at Christmas in Clinton and attract a lot of attention at the Medication Take Back Days at the police department. They also complete peer education programs in school on topics such as marijuana, underage drinking, and overall health.
Morgan REACT members assist with all Eliot meetings, serving as positive role models for the younger students.

PIERSON REACT

Pierson REACT involves 4th and 5th grade students and their parents in monthly meetings from October—June. Similar to Eliot REACT, the focus of the meetings is learning about the 40 Developmental Assets as well as positive family communication. Behavioral research has shown that the #1 deterrents of underage substance use are positive family communication and clearly stated parental expectations.
Pierson REACT members enjoy group games, team building, role playing and challenges to learn about the assets. Pierson students are also involved with community service projects, including Christmas in Clinton. Giving young people opportunities to be leaders in the community strengthens self esteem and assists youth in making healthy decisions.
Morgan REACT members mentor the Pierson students and provide positive peer role models throughout the school year.
Parents are given information on drug use trends in Clinton, tips for communicating with their young people, and can connect with one another for their own peer support network.
Starting REACT at the Pierson level gives your young person a club to “belong” to throughout their Clinton school experience! REACT can be that bridge between schools that helps them transition with a group of friends and older peers.

For information on any of these clubs please call 860-664-1142.

REACT members attend Y2Y Conference in Rhode Island for second year

August 8, 2016 |

Six Morgan teens travelled with five Daniel Hand (Madison) students to Bryant University in Providence, RI.

From July 28-31, 2017, six Morgan students took part in Youth 2 Youth International’s Eastern States Conference at Bryant University in Providence, RI. Along with 560 fellow students from the tri-state area and as far away as Minnesota and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Morgan students learned essential information about preventing marijuana and opioid use, underage drinking, and making a positive impact in their communities and schools.

The keynote speakers at the conference challenged the attendees to expand their self awareness and advocacy. One speaker watched her twin sister perish as a passenger in a reckless driving accident as a teenager. Her message reminded youth to put their own comfort and safety first, and offered creative ways to escape uncomfortable situations. Another presenter acted out numerous versions of himself and challenged the audience to try to guess which character most represented the “real” him. Most were surprised to learn which one it actually was! His message brought forth the importance of realizing ALL people are real, are never just a stereotype, and have valid and moving stories that make them who they are.

The Clinton teens returned to town feeling armed with new information and motivated to educate their peers. Following the conference, several of the conference attendees met to plan out a new calendar for Morgan REACT. This school year, look for mental illness and health information, education about vaping and related dangers to your health, more marijuana “truths”, as well as an honoring of Suicide Awareness Month in September. Haunted Hallways will still be offered in October, and the club members will host topic and issue discussions throughout the school year. Morgan REACT members will continue to be involved with the younger Eliot and Pierson REACTs as well as PiC!

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REACT at Christmas in Clinton

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shelby with other Morgan students and students from Minnesota in Austin, TX 2013

Shelby with other Morgan students and students from Minnesota in Austin, TX 2013

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Morgan REACT’s Haunted Hallways
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Morgan REACT’s Spirit Night
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