TAOS ALIVE IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT TO REDUCE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONGST YOUTH IN TAOS COUNTY
- Mission: Taos Alive Coalition unites the community to plan and implement strategies that prevent and reduce substance use and its consequences among Taos County youth.
- Vision: Taos County youth will live in a community that is safe, secure and drug-free.
RX DRUG TAKE BACK DAY : APRIL 28, 2018
Creating a Safe, Secure, Substance-Free Environment for Taos Youth. Here are a few Youth focused Events and Spaces that are coming up in Taos!
The Teenager Addict Archetype (Light and Shadow)
Two teams at Rocky Mountain Youth Corps - Learning Lab created both the light and the shadow side of the “teenager addict archetype.” An exploration of the universal theme of the addict and the teenager. The two groups first explored the question: What is the teenager archetype? They dove into subjects such as characteristics, values, emotions and more. Then they explored the addict archetype around feelings. How does an addict feel? What is going on in the addict’s life that keeps their addiction alive? Environment played a significant role in this dialogue and in their final art pieces. Some questions around this were: What does the teenager need in their environment to feel supported? What does the teenager need to cultivate within themselves to strengthen their self-esteem? What environments weaken their power to make healthy choices? The students then went on to explore ways in which the teenager may feel influenced and pressured to use alcohol and drugs.
Common Grounds: A Taos Teen Co-Op and Café
We’re a Co-Op because we're teens and adults cooperating with each other and Sponsors to help pull it off. Our teen group comes from five different local schools.
We're a Café and we plan to have a menu and be open to the public for coffee shop style breakfast and lunch items. Then in the afternoon and evenings, we'll have a "menu of activities" for teens. Things like poetry slams, game rooms, snacks, study areas, music or a meditation room, and teen art as decorations and for sale.
We know we have friends and peers in Taos who are homeless or sofa surfers. We are planning to have the ability to do laundry and have a shower available. We want a give & take closet and a mini food pantry to help.
We are a public/private partnership. Our sponsors are St. James Episcopal Church, Kit Carson Electric Co-Op, and Taos Academy.
Kit Carson is donating the building: the old Children's Clinic on Cruz Alta, it's walking distance from almost all local schools.
Taos Academy is letting High Schoolers get elective credit to help get it going.
St. James is providing the coordination, insurance and utilities. A church may be helping, but we're not "churchy" – we're Ecumenical and Secular …. That means everybody is welcome.
We've got about $7,300 in grants and fundraising so far to get us started on month to month expenses. We need help getting the building ADA compliant, and making sure we meet building codes in order to open. We’ve got contractor friends willing to put in elbow grease to help with the labor, and some materials donated. We even a have a retired architect helping out with the planning -- he was a Disney Imagineer!
We plan to have some functionality in Winter/Spring 2018 … and, hopefully, limited public use by the Summer.
* To learn more abut our Strategic Plan or to Get Involved with the Taos Alive Coalition visit TAOSALIVE.ORG