Deborah E. Styles
The epidemic of substance abuse has highlighted the importance of providing culturally specific, skill based prevention education and training for those working in the field and residing in the community.
UMADAOP of Dayton recognizes, celebrates and incorporates Afrocentric approaches in all segments of prevention programming. A community's diversity is one of its greatest strengths.
Established in 1980 UMADAOP of Dayton was under the umbrella of the Combine Health District of Montgomery County. The agency became independent in 1991. The agency's belief that saving our future generations depends on early education and providing a positive community environment is evident in its prevention, intervention, education, referral and community information dissemination services.
THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES PROJECT is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of youth and their families. The youth component consists of reinforcing resistance skills, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) prevention programming, field trips, tutoring, support groups and other activities that promote positive self esteem and the development of healthy lifestyles.
D'DANI (Teenager in Swahili) encourages positive African American cultural and social values, appropriate communication skills and activities that foster solid decision making skills in the areas of teen sexuality, violence and ATOD use.
GIRL AND BOY POWER youth leadership is emphasized in these programs and is promoted by allowing youth to develop leadership skills by role modeling and education. The each-one-teach-one concept is utilized to ensure that every asset that each youth has can impact another youth.
CIRCLE FOR RECOVERY OHIO – The Circle For Recovery was founded in 1996 to provide relapse prevention and re-socialization services to African-American men and women who had been recently released from an Ohio Rehabilitation and Correctional institution. The program is designed to specifically address those individuals who had alcohol and other drug related offenses and that these offences had directly or indirectly contributed to their involvement in criminal activity. The program was funded in the year 2000. Evaluators developed a curriculum and the program was piloted in Cleveland, Ohio.
The program addressees two primary problems for persons returning to the community:
· The inability of ex-offenders to receive ATOD treatment services and few relapse prevention services available in the surrounding communities.
· The shortage of program designs to specifically address the need for supportive services for the population.
This program is administered in collaboration with the Adult Parole Authority through the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
ELDER CARE – The Seniors Against Substance Abuse, (SASA) is an alcohol tobacco and other drug prevention project that provides substance abuse prevention education services to senior residents at the Biltmore Towers, a senior high rise, located in Downtown Dayton. The project's primary goal is to reduce the risk among senior citizens in regards to the use, misuse and abuse of drugs (prescribed and non-prescribed).
UMADAOP of Dayton
625 Salem Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45406
Phone: (937) 276-2176
Fax: (937) 276-2048