REACT members have plenty of opportunities to develop as leaders — by taking the lead on REACT events, serving on the PiC coalition, volunteering with other collaborating community groups, attending national conferences that focus on eliminating underage substance use, and mentoring the REACT clubs at Jared Eliot Middle School. and more. So pick a passion and roll up your sleeves!
- Haunted Hallways- For the last 10 years, every October we turn Morgan into a scary, unrecognizable haunted experience. Members entirely plan and carry out this event, which serves as an annual fund raiser for holiday programs at Clinton Social Services. While it is super fun to scare our friends, family and community members, Haunted Hallways also teaches us about compromise, collaboration, communication and leadership. It also feels good to be part of something bigger than yourself, to give to those in need, and to belong to a great Clinton tradition.
- Suicide Awareness & Prevention- Each September, in addition to planning Haunted Hallways, we conduct a week long awareness campaign at Morgan to help our peers understand suicide and know resources for help. Many REACT members are trained in QPR (Question Persuade Refer) which is an easy to use suicide prevention strategy.
- Drug and Alcohol Info Campaigns at school- Each year Morgan and Eliot REACT share actual facts about things like underage drinking, vaping, marijuana use, prescription medication misuse and opioid dangers. We make bulletin boards, create social media content, host give aways and other things to teach our peers about the dangers of using substances before our brains are fully developed!
- Medication Take Backs – REACT members dress as zombies outside the police department every October to draw awareness to the importance of turning in unwanted medication.
- Leadership skill development workshops- speakers and activities during meetings assist all ages of REACT in building healthy decision making skills, resistance skills, positive peer interactions, and understanding their impact on others. We have had speakers on LBGTQ+ issues and substance use, vaping, policy and law creation at the state capitol, marijuana, underage drinking, drinking and driving, advocacy, and risk taking.
- Christmas in Clinton- Annually the Eliot REACT members offer the “Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt” during Christmas in Clinton and staff “Santa’s Workshop” in the 1620 House.
- Influencing action planning of PIC- REACT members attend all PIC meetings and have influence over the action plan. Without their input, the action plan would be much less relevant and impactful.
- Mentoring peers- Morgan REACT members attend every meeting of Eliot REACT and serve as positive role models.
- Conferences – Annually we send 15-20 students to the International Youth to Youth Conference held at Bryant College in Rhode Island. This conference is attended by over 600 students from across America. Y2Y site www.youthtoyouth.net We also have attended the CADCA conferences in Washington DC, Austin TX, Orlando FL, Nashville TN, and Anaheim, CA. www.cadca.org