A recent study that surveyed over 10,000 teens, found most used alcohol and drugs before adulthood. This could become a possibility of setting up youth for a lifetime of substance abuse. The study results indicated that by late adolescence, 78 percent of teenagers reported having consumed alcohol; 47 percent having reached regular drinking levels of at least 12 drinks within a year; and 15 percent having met the criteria for lifetime abuse. The opportunity to use illicit drugs was reported by 81 percent of the oldest adolescents, drug use by 43 percent and drug abuse by 16 percent. ICAN’s youth programs are targeted at preventing youth substance abuse with early education and positive decision making skills. Our life skills programs like Botvin’s Life Skills (A comprehensive program that addresses all of the most important factors leading adolescents to use drugs by teaching a combination of health information, general life skills and drug resistance skills), Second Step Program (This program is a long-term intervention that builds skills consecutively with the intention of preventing alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use and promoting healthy decision-making and positive, healthy youth development), and Too Good For Drugs (This program includes activities to strengthen knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and skills which research has shown to be effective in preventing drug use and violent behavior) make a proven difference in youth attitudes toward substance abuse. We invite people to see our programs in action by getting involved through a variety of ways beyond financial support. We have our needs and in-kind support is a way to provide items we are directly in need of. There are also many volunteer opportunities whether you are looking to work with ICAN youth, assisting in an administrative capacity, supporting our special events, or many more opportunities to get involved! There are also many opportunities to make a difference through our partnership with the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA). This study shows the immediate need for ICAN programs and you can show your support by joining us in creating a positive future for youth and the community!
On Friday, March 2, 2012, 15 visitors from the Philippines who are part of the SportsUnited in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State program took time to visit ICAN and learn about our free youth programs. Those visiting are school teachers in the Philippines who volunteer to coach youth for the sports of baseball and softball. The group got a presentation about ICAN and the impact we have on our community followed by a visit to the new ICAN facility to see how our vision is being fulfilled for the future. They were very impressed with the space ICAN will be moving into and even mentioned one the new classrooms is as big as 3 of their classrooms, which hold at least 50 students each! ICAN founder, Henry Salinas, was on hand to share his vision firsthand for ICAN and see the progress on the upcoming ICAN facility. After visiting the new site, they came back to our current facility and saw what space we are utilizing with such a big organizational growth through attendance of youth and staff. ICAN’s Director of Operations, John Hamilton, led the group through their orientation of ICAN, “After they saw all that ICAN is doing for the community they stated that our work made us “angels” for making such positive changes to at-risk youth.” Using lessons learned on and off the playing field, SportsUnited focuses on empowering young people and underserved populations worldwide. Sports diplomacy builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power diplomacy,” which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools – in this case sports – to bring people together and foster greater understanding. SportsUnited engages people from around the world in four key ways: the Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative, the Sports Envoy program, the Sports Visitors program, and Sports Grants that focus on empowering athletes with disabilities and underserved youth.
Volunteers are one of the most important aspects to ICAN’s success. With so many volunteer opportunities, there is bound to be a volunteer opportunity that fits you! There are a variety of reasons to volunteer from an educational mandatory requirement to using your free time to make a valuable contribution towards a cause that is close to your heart. ICAN is about making positive changes in youth and the community and we are always looking for volunteers to assist in many different areas! Maybe working directly with youth during their programs appeals to you. Volunteers engage in activities and conversations with youth to help them socially and academically. The time that volunteers spend with youth is also valued as they gain a new role model to talk with. If you have something to contribute, we welcome guest speakers within our youth programs to help teach youth about new subjects. Administrative assistant volunteers are always needed for simple tasks such as filing to more difficult tasks such as IT assistance. There are also ICAN groups and committees that you can sit on. The ICAN Women’s Auxiliary group focuses on providing healthy snacks, planning fun quarterly events for the youth, and needed clothing donations. There are event planning committees and leadership committees (Resource Development, Communications & Cultivations, Audit, Finance, Board of Directors) that are made up of amazing community volunteers to help the day to day operations. Volunteers are always needed for special opportunities such as our Dream Catcher’s Pen Pal Program where youth write monthly to community members and vice versa with the goal that the youth will describe their dreams and how they are continuing to reach them. The weekly math tutoring program partners with engineers from General Dynamics to assist Jr. High students in math studies. There’s so much opportunity to volunteer at ICAN and there’s a place for you! If you are interested in learning more about volunteering at ICAN, contact ICAN’s Volunteer Coordinator, Marisa, at 480.821.4207 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer applications can also be accessed for youth, adult, and community restitution by clicking here.