Human Services

Prevention / Intervention

The Prevention and Intervention (P/I) program works with children and youth ages 6 to 17 years and their families to provide education and healthy alternatives to substance use/abuse. The overall program goal is to develop a healthier Indian community by preventing the detrimental family, community and social outcomes associated with substance use/abuse.

Education
The Prevention and Intervention staff are actively involved in the local and tribal schools to provide education to kids about the real life consequences of substance use/abuse. Program staff are able to connect with the youth and they act as role models and mentors.

School Year Recreational Activities
Numerous Prevention and Intervention recreational activities are planned and held with children every week on the Fond du Lac Reservation end in Duluth. Staff and kids have organized activities such as bowling leagues, skiing lessons, roller-skating, attending movies and sporting events. Special groups are organized for kids interested in activities such as beading, drumming and singing, ceramics, birch bark crafts, dancing and dance outfit. Brief educational presentations are made at the beginning of each session to help kids become more aware of the negative consequences of substance abuse, the power they hold in their own decision-making, the influence they have over their peers, and how to develop a healthy support system.

Summer Recreation Program
During the summer, the Prevention Department offers a Monday – through Thursday, ten (10) week recreation program. The Program begins in June after area schools are let out and continues until the middle of August. Youth are encouraged to participate in various types of recreational activities. Personal wellness sessions are also offered; which includes topics, such as: drug, alcohol and tobacco education, peer pressure, diabetes prevention, bullying prevention, fire safety, arts/crafts and cultural sessions.

Behavior rules and guidelines are expected to be adhere by the participants. Family field trips are planned and offered five (5) times during the summer months. A parent/guardian or chaperone over the age of 18 is required for youth participants in the field trips.

The summer program offers limited transportation in the City of Duluth and the Fond du Lac Reservation. A hot lunch program is provided through the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School and the Fond du Lac Reservation.

Eligibility
To participate in Prevention Department Activities, an American Indian youth must be eligible for services at the Fond du Lac Human Services Division (Min No Aya Win – MNAW and Center for American Indian Resources – CAIR). Youth can be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe living in the Fond du Lac service are or be an Child or Grandchild of an enrolled Parent or Grandparent of a federally recognized tribe and reside within the Fond du Lac service area.