The Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition Holds Community Open House on 10/21!
The Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC)
is holding an Open House on Sunday, 10/21 from 2:30 – 4:30 at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, meeting room #1. People of all ages are encouraged to stop by
to meet our key partners and learn how community collaboration takes place to support substance abuse prevention focused on youth. As a research-driven,
evidenced-based, community-serving organization, the BBCC strives to provide timely, useful news, information, programs, activities, and events all designed to keep parents, youth, schools, and other community members “in the know” and provide opportunities to participate in substance abuse prevention efforts to support its mission to raise awareness and mobilize the entire community to
prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, with a primary focus on our youth.
The strength of the BBCC is the Youth Action Board (YAB). The YAB is a unique and diverse group of high
school students that volunteer their time to support the BBCC’s mission. Kelly Michaud, BBCC Youth Program Coordinator says, “The YAB have a strong voice and presence on this issue and the idea to hold a BBCC Open
House came out at the YAB meeting table….
they see this is an extension of their own mission -- to give teens a positive voice and presence in their schools and community.” The public can look forward to meeting
representatives from some of the different sectors that support the BBCC’s mission; Schools, Parents, Faith, Police, Youth-serving organizations, and students from the YAB will be on hand to talk to what they see as key areas of concern in teen substance us and what they would like the community to do about it. Whether you represent one, or several sectors of the community, substance use /abuse is something that touches many of us, either directly or in-directly. Students especially will have to deal with this at some point and it’s up to the community as a whole to make sure our youth are able to grow-up in a safe healthy environment.
YAB co-President, Kelsey McClear, a Senior at Seaholm, says, "This is a prime opportunity for
community members to come and see exactly how the BBCC is making an impact on the Birmingham-Bloomfield area. We have never done anything like this before.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, especially Parents and Students. I’m really looking forward to meeting the community members who are interested in the coalition and all that we are doing to make a difference.”