Prevention Programs

Local programs that have been implemented in Tumwater schools and communities

The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Youth to Youth Mentoring Program

In collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club, BBBS is launching a youth to youth mentoring program in Tumwater. This innovative model of connecting teens with younger kids is designed to help youth reach their potential through the development of supportive relationships. Beneficial to both the “Bigs” and the “Littles”, this program focuses on positive youth development, not specific problems. The Big acts as a role model and provides guidance to the Little through a relationship that is based on trust and caring. The paired youth will meet once a week at the Tumwater Boys and Girls Club.

PAXIS Good Behavior Game (GBG)

This summer, twenty-one dedicated Tumwater educators became certified in the Good Behavior Games model of classroom management. This highly regarded, strategy teaches grade school students self-regulation and self-control, in the context of collaborating with others for peace, productivity, health and happiness. Teachers will receive ongoing support, assistance and evaluation in the upcoming years.

Positive Action

More information coming soon.

Prevention-Intervention Specialist (P/I)/Project Success

ESD 113 and the Tumwater School District expanded the Student Assistance Program into Bush Middle School. The PI provides valuable school-based prevention and intervention services that support students in groups and as individuals. Benefits show reductions in substance use, being in trouble at school, skipping school, suspensions, hitting or hurting someone, being in a physical fight, and being arrested. Gina McGroarty is a warm and welcoming presence at Bush and we are glad to have her on the team.

What is Prevention?

Prevention is the action of stopping something from happening or arising.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Ben Franklin

There are three types of prevention that Tumwater HOPES is involved in:

  1. Universal prevention activities target everyone. For example, City ordinances about marijuana billboards and advertising.
  2. Selective prevention activities target people who are at higher risk.  For example, a parenting class for parents of middle schoolers.
  3. Indicated prevention activities are designed for people that are already showing danger signs. For example: The Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at the school

Campaigns & Initiatives

Prescription Drug Take-Back and Safe Storage Programs

Tumwater HOPES will work to increase participation in prescription drug take-back programs through promotion of the collection lock box at the Tumwater Police Department on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days, as well as through the encouragement of medicine-return envelopes and home-storage lock boxes. October 26th, 2019 is the next Take Back day.

Washington State Opioid Prevention Media Campaign | “Starts with One”

Tumwater HOPES aims to educate the community about the dangers of opioids and promote simple steps they can take to prevent opioid misuse in their families and community.

Environmental Consultation to Communities

Tumwater HOPES will research marijuana and vaping billboard and advertisement placement on Tumwater school bus and walking routes and near schools. Tumwater HOPES will present findings to local officials with the aim of increasing improvements to implementation of existing advertising codes and laws.