San Juan County Partnership
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
San Juan County Partnership (SJCP) has been an AmeriCorps grantee for 5 years but has acted as a host site for members prior to this time for an additional 6 years. SJCP's mission is "Working together, with people of all ages and cultures to develop community wellness and prevention awareness." Since 1991, SJCP has focused on substance abuse prevention, the problem identified by formal community needs assessments as the most critical issue in the County. SJCP programs are crucial to ensuring a brighter future for children, youth and families in our culturally diverse county and AmeriCorps members directly impact program successes. Members promote the mission of SJCP by participating in the implementation of substance abuse prevention programs at all levels of member service and by "getting things done." Some members will be trained to implement evidence-based prevention programs, such as Life Skills Training and American Indian Life Skills, in elementary and middle schools throughout the County, particularly in the Navajo Nation. They will assist in the implementation of various prevention activities designed to reduce the onset of 1st time use of substances, reduce drinking & driving among 18-25 year olds and reduce the use of commercial tobacco. Other members will work with at-risk and/or low income students in grades K-8th afterschool at two 21st Century Community Learning Center sites and a transitional home for homeless families. They will assist with homework, provide one-on-one literacy enhancement and implement other academic enrichment activities, while providing a safe and fun environment for students. Other members will work with the ECHO HOPE and/or the local Habitat for Humanity program to renovate and/or build houses for the disadvantaged or homeless. All members will plan and participate in a minimum of four national community service activities in addition to local community service projects and actively recruit and mobilize other community volunteers.