Programs & Registration

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Youth Programs

Be The First

Be The First is a prevention-based initiative started by CVS Health and the CVS Foundation to address the dangers of youth tobacco use and provide prevention strategies for youth in a school-based environment. Our staff will implement Be The First Initiatives in the Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Poquoson, Hampton, Newport News, Gloucester, and Mathews communities. The goal is to engage with at least two classes in two different schools each month in prevention-based programming/activities. The anticipated number of students served is 1,200 youth annually. We will also integrate PharmacistTeach into the programming delivery, and we will work with CVS Health to provide programming for parents and youth in each of the school divisions that we work with. During the summer months, staff will use their time to integrate Be The First and PharmacistTeach programming into after-school and summer programs.

Mindful Schools

Mindful Schools Research-backed curriculum which focuses on reduction in stress, increased emotional regulation and focus. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment with openness and curiosity. It has a variety of research-backed impacts, including reduction in stress, and improvements in job satisfaction, emotional regulation, and focus. This program will include:

  • Basics of mindfulness meditation
  • How to work with thinking that arises while practicing mindfulness
  • Techniques for meeting and navigating intense emotions
  • Practices that cultivate positive states of mind like gratitude, kindness, joy and compassion
  • The role mindfulness plays in communication and interaction
  • Support for developing a daily sitting practice

Neighborhood Outreach Programming

Bacon Street will continue to provide twice weekly programming for Lafayette Village and Yorktown Woods during the after school time-frame, with focus on relevant middle and high school specific issues.

Summer Neighborhood Outreach Programming

Bacon Street has provided 6 weeks of curriculum-based programming for Lafayette Village and Yorktown Woods middle and high school students. Once weekly on-site curriculum and activities focused on issues such as healthy relationships and friendships, conflict resolution, and accountability. In addition, weekly field trips include both educational and physical activities for youth.

Rec’n It Out

Bacon Street Prevention Interns have helped staff at WJCC’s Rec’n It Out Program, which offers youth from lower-income neighborhoods an opportunity to participate in 6 weeks of thematic curriculum and activities focused on fitness, nutrition, team projects, environmental education, outdoor adventure, and recreational and educational field trips.

The Journey Home Program

The Journey Home Project is a grant funded project that will allow Bacon Street to expand services to the Hampton Roads Community. In addition to our Williamsburg office, the grant will allow us to open offices in Gloucester, Yorktown, and Hampton/Newport News. Traditional Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling services will be offered at all locations. In addition, all locations will also be offering Case Management services to those in the community who are in need of assistance meeting their basic needs. Our Hampton/Newport News location will also serve as a drop-in center for youth ages 12-26 who are homeless or precariously housed. Here, participants can receive two hot meals per day, laundry services, access to showers and personal hygiene products, access to nap rooms, daily groups, referrals for additional services, and school/vocational assistance. The main focus of the Journey Home Project is to enhance our capacity to serve youth and families in Hampton Roads who are struggling with homelessness, addiction, and mental health.

Youth Empowerment Skills (Y.E.S.) Group – Williamsburg – 247 McLaws Circle, Williamsburg, VA  23185

This six month, rotating program meets every week and tackles a new topic each week.  Anger management?  Communicating with parents?  Dealing with parents and social media?  We’ve got it all.  Come join us every Wednesday at 5:30pm and develop some important skills to properly address the issues that are important to you. To sign up, click here!

Youth Empowerment Skills Group (Y.E.S.) – Newport News – 2 Bernadine Drive Newport News, VA 23602

This six month, rotating program meets every week and tackles a new topic each week.  Anger management?  Communicating with parents?  Dealing with parents and social media?  We’ve got it all.  Come join us every Thursday at 5:30pm and develop some important skills to properly address the issues that are important to you. To sign up, click here!

Parents & Family Programs

Parents & Family Support Group – Bacon Street Youth and Family Services (Yorktown location), 4034 George Washington Memorial Highway Yorktown, VA 23692

The Parent Support Group is newly added to the programming schedule, and is held at Bacon Street’s Yorktown location.  This group is completely open to the public (you do not need to be a client to attend!) and parents and family members of those struggling with addiction or substance use are encouraged to join us!  This drop in group is FREE and is held every Monday from 6:00pm – 7:00pm starting October 15, 2018. To sign up, click here!

Strengthening Families Program

Expanding on our neighborhood outreach, Bacon Street will be implementing the Strengthening Families Program in two local low-income neighborhoods. This evidence-based program is designed for at-risk and general populations and is aimed at reducing problem behaviors as well as alcohol and drug abuse, addressing effective parenting skills, and improving parent-child relationships, social competencies, and school performance. This program is FREE. FREE meals for all families, as well as FREE childcare for younger children will be provided. We have a session starting on January 22, 2019 and runs every Tuesday from 5:30pm – 8:00pm for 7 weeks. This session will be held at the Williamsburg James City County Community Center (5301 Longhill Road Williamsburg, VA 23188). To sign up for this session, click here!

Community Programs

REVIVE! Training

Bacon Street continues to offer FREE REVIVE! training once a month to lay members of the community to learn about how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose at the agency. Please check our website or Facebook for upcoming dates. REVIVE! is the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education (OONE) program for the Commonwealth of Virginia. REVIVE! provides training to professionals, stakeholders, and others on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone (Narcan ®).  REVIVE! is a collaborative effort led by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) working alongside the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Health Professions, recovery community organizations such as the McShin Foundation, OneCare of Southwest Virginia, the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia (SAARA), and other stakeholders. For more information about REVIVE, click here!

Dates for 2019 REVIVE! Training include (click date to register):  January 22, 2019, February 26, 2019, March 26, 2019, April 23, 2019, May 28, 2019

These programs are not currently running. Check back for updated dates and times for these programs!

“Say Yes to No” Parent Education Classes – Poquoson (New Location!!) – The Fountains of Poquoson Conference Center, 200 Fountains Lane, Poquoson, Virginia, VA 23662

Say Yes to No is a 5 week Parent Education Class that is designed for parents with children of all ages and is based on the award winning book by Dr. David Walsh, “No: Why Kids -of All Ages- Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It.” This program operates for five weeks and is held at our NEW POQUOSON SITE!  The cost for the program is $25.00/family for the five weeks, and dinner is provided.  If you would like to register, please click on the link above!  Programs will be filled on a first come first served basis, and we will do our best to arrange the groups based on the age(s) of the children in the family.  For more information about the program, click here!

“Say Yes to No” Parent Education Classes – Williamsburg – 247 McLaws Circle, Williamsburg, VA  23185

Say Yes to No is a 5 week Parent Education Class that is designed for parents with children of all ages and is based on the award winning book by Dr. David Walsh, “No: Why Kids -of All Ages- Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It.” This program operates for five weeks and is held at our Williamsburg site.  The cost for the program is $25.00/family for the five weeks, and dinner is provided.  If you would like to register, please click on the link above!  Programs will be filled on a first come first served basis, and we will do our best to arrange the groups based on the age(s) of the children in the family.  For more information about the program, click here!

Williamsburg Parent Support Group – 247 McLaws Circle, Williamsburg, VA  23185

The Williamsburg Parent Support Group has been a mainstay of the programming that Bacon Street has provided for the past several decades, and is always held at the Bacon Street Youth and Family Services offices.  This group is completely open to the public (you do not need to be a client to attend!) and parents and family members of those struggling with addiction or substance use are encouraged to join us!  This drop in group is FREE.