At Bacon Street, we focus on evidence-based family, group, and individual prevention strategies and programs. Our services promote the conditions under which people can confront situations in their lives in constructive and healthy ways without the destructive response of substance abuse.
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 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 a 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 in 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 5:30 pm and develop skills to help address the issues that are important to you. The cost is $35 per session. Scholarship/financial assistance is available to those who meet criteria. 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 5:30 pm and develop skills to help address the issues that are important to you. The cost is $35 per session. Scholarship/financial assistance is available to those who meet criteria. To sign up, click here!