Monthly Archives: December 2013

Team Building Activity: Focus Ring

Start the year off with a fun and engaging team building activity! This activity will encourage participants to focus on goals, identify obstacles and work together to accomplish a task.

Focus Ring

Time Needed: 15-20 minutes

Group Size: Any!

Materials:

  • 1 key ring per 7-10 participants
  • 7-10 pieces of string (approximately 36-48 inches each) per key ring
  • Rope
  • Golf ball
  • 2 paper cups

Activity Preparation:

  • Before starting the activity, make sure that 7-10 strings are tied to a key ring and that they are equal distance apart. If you have more than 10 participants, use as many key rings as needed; just make sure there are no more than 10 strings per key ring.
  • Place the key ring(s) on top of an upside down paper cup. Spread out the strings.
  • Once the ring and strings are placed, set the golf ball on top of the key ring.
  • Place a rope around the perimeter of the stretched out strings.
  • Position another upside down paper cup 4-6 feet away from the rope.  

Objective:

Using the key ring and strings, carry the golf ball from its origination point to the top of the other paper cup.

Rules:

  • Each participant only gets to operated one string.
  • Participants must hold onto the end of the string and no other place.
  • Participants may not step inside of the rope.
  • If the ball falls off the key ring, the group must start again.
  • If the paper cup falls over, the group must start again.
  • The group is successful when the ball is balanced on top of the second paper cup.

Debrief Questions:

  1. What was the initial reaction of the group?
  2. What skills did it take to succeed as a group?
  3. What would an outsider identify as the strengths and weaknesses of the group?
  4. What did you learn about yourself during the activity? What did you learn about others?
  5. How does this activity relate to current projects the group is working on?

We’d love to hear from you! If you decide to use this activity with your group, please let us know how it goes!

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Invest in Yourself in 2014

We want YOU to be inspired to make healthy choices in 2014!

Deciding you want to feel better, have less stress and more energy doesn’t have to be painful or difficult. Instead, it should be fun and feel good.

This month’s “Inspired” issue highlights ways to stick to your goals and become motivated to make healthy changes in your life.  Check out the issue here or click the image and let us know…

What healthy choice will you commit to in 2014?

3D Month: What You Need to Know to Play it Safe on the Road

As we approach the busy holiday season when more people are on the road, it’s important to know that during this time there are also more impaired drivers on the road.  Last year, 25% of the traffic fatalities in Georgia were related to drunk driving.  Most of these deaths could have been prevented if someone had done something to keep the drunk drivers off the road.  December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month to bring the focus on the problem and what we can do to reduce impaired driving.

Walsh, et al. 2005While drunk driving has decreased somewhat in recent years, more than 10,000 people still die annually in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – that’s one every 51 minutes.  But, wait, there’s more to the story.  Research is now showing that alcohol is not the only problem on the road.  In a recent national study of seriously injured drivers, 27% tested positive for marijuana and 12% tested positive for cocaine.

Young drivers are particularly at risk for being impacted by drunk and drugged driving. The national Monitoring the Future survey indicates that 30% of high school seniors had driven impaired or had been a passenger of an impaired driver in the two weeks prior to being surveyed. Nearly one quarter (23.2%) of high school seniors said they drove or rode with a driver after he or she used marijuana while 15.8% said they drove or rode with someone after having five or more drinks.  Adding to the problem is the fact that youth are still relatively inexperienced drivers and you have a potentially deadly combination.

There are many things we can do to reduce impaired driving.  Here are some strategies everyone can participate in:

  • Never allow alcohol to be provided or served to minors.  It’s against the law and it’s dangerous.
  • If you’re planning an adult party or social event, make sure there are plenty of non-alcohol beverages provided and that they’re prominently displayed.
  • If alcohol is going to be provided, encourage – or insist – that designated drivers be identified early one.  Choosing the “less drunk” person to drive at the end of the night is NOT the same thing!
  • Provide lots of protein and high carbohydrate food and snacks, but steer clear of salty ones that make people want to drink more.  It’s best to have guests eat first so they’re not drinking on an empty stomach.
  • If you’re an adult, and you’re thinking about drinking, be aware that there are times when you are more vulnerable to alcohol impairment.  If you’ve been sick or rundown, you’re taking medicine that increase impairment with mixed with alcohol, or you haven’t eaten, you may want to reconsider drinking for the time being.  If you’re pregnant or need to operate a car or other heavy equipment, choose not to drink at all.
  • NEVER drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and don’t get into a car being driven by someone who is.  Arranging for alternative transportation may just save your life.

Five Ways to Help Us Fund Raise

The holiday season has arrived, and everyone is getting into the giving mode. Shopping carts (both in stores and online) are full with surprises that we hope will bring joy to the ones we love. We came out unscathed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but why should the giving stop there?

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Here at GUIDE, Inc., we believe the giving spirit should be year round. With this year-round approach, one needs to get a little creative and think outside of the giving box. Below you will see that we have discovered ways to help the giving continue that will hopefully appeal to our supporters. Here are five ways to help GUIDE, Inc. and GTI fund raise throughout the year:

  1. Coffee Lovers? You bet this one will keep them awake! Go to Just Love Coffee and every purchase is a donation made to Georgia Teen Institute.
  2. Want to save the environment? We do, too. GUIDE, Inc. is happy to collect your empty ink cartridges, old cell phones and small electronics and send them to Planet Green Recycle to be reused or recycled. Each shipment could be a $40 – $75 donation back to GUIDE, Inc.!
  3. Love to go Kroger-ing? Join the Kroger Community Rewards program and identify GUIDE, Inc. as a recipient and our programs receive a percentage each time you go shopping!
  4. Do you shop online? Amazon Gives. Sign up through your existing Amazon account at Smile.Amazon.com and select Gwinnett United in Drug Education, Inc. to receive .5% on eligible purchases.
  5. Want to just give? Check out our donation page and make your contribution today.

The best part about each of these fundraising approaches is that any organization can sign up! As much as we like to receive donations, we also like to make sure the communities we work with know about these opportunities. Even though all of these techniques combined will not bring in millions, it can help the dollar stretch a bit further. Now, go on and get to giving!

Ring in the New Year with Prevention Trainings!

Start the year off right — by working toward your prevention credentialing! Join GUIDE, Inc. for the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia (PCCG) Core Courses in January.  Take advantage of your first chance to take the brand new Communication Skills for the Prevention Professional course and get discounts by registering a group from your organization. For more information and to register, click here.

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Don’t miss out on GUIDE’s first offering of Core Courses in 2014 and the first ever Communication Skills for the Prevention Professional! Join us for:

Communication Skills for the Prevention Professional (A BRAND NEW PCCG Core Course)

Date: Monday, January 13
Time:  9 am – 4:30 pm
By: GUIDE, Inc. Staff
Cost: $60 per person

Description:  This course, pending approval by the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia as a Core Course, is a response to the prevention domain changes made by IC&RC. In order for prevention professionals to be prepared to interview or test for their prevention credentials, they will need this core course that will focus on interpersonal communication, facilitation, public speaking and good listening skills as well as public awareness campaigns and marketing basics. As this course is brand new and still being developed, if it is not approved by PCCG prior to January 10, the course will be cancelled and fees refunded in full.

Fundamentals of Prevention (A PCCG Core Course)

Date: Tuesday, January 14 – Wednesday, January 15
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm
By:  GUIDE, Inc. Staff
Cost: $100

Description:  This course, approved by the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia  as a Core Course, will provide a basic foundation of prevention knowledge that can be further expanded through ongoing prevention training and development.  By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Identify protective factors currently being used or those that will be implemented;
  • Identify one prevention process/program that represents each prevention strategy;
  • Identify risk factors;
  • Determine what works in prevention;
  • Define prevention strategies; and
  • Outline historical timeline of prevention.

Ethics in the Prevention Field (A PCCG Core Course)

Date:  Thursday, January 16
Time:  9 am – 4:30 pm
By:  GUIDE, Inc. Staff
Cost:  $60 regular

Description:  This course, approved by the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia  as a Core Course, is designed to provide a basic introduction to the Principles of the Code of Ethical Conduct for Prevention, Early Intervention and Health Promotion Professionals and Volunteers. It will also provide an overview of the ethical dilemmas that Prevention Professionals encounter in their work. Using the Code of Ethics from the Prevention Think Tank as a framework, participants will explore ethical principles using interactive methods and role-plays that encourage and support adult learning.

Cultural Competency for the Prevention Professional (A PCCG Core Course)

Date:  Friday, January 17
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm
By:  GUIDE, Inc. Staff
Cost:  $60

Description:  This course, approved by the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia  as a Core Course, will give Prevention Professionals a refresher in cultural awareness and appropriateness in the prevention field.  At a young age most people learn how to recognize differences more quickly than similarities, and how to dislike others who are not like us. In our ever-increasing diverse communities, understanding, tolerance and appreciation for differences is necessary to running effective prevention programs. This session will include activities and discussions exploring cultural diversity and prejudices in a safe environment in order to learn how to increase cultural competence and create safe spaces in your programs and organizations.  Bring an open mind, as we will discuss critical diversity issues such as racism, ageism, heterosexism and sexism.

Course Fees, Discounts, Payment & Registration Information

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Each course is priced separately as indicated above.

A $10 per person, per training discount is available for those who register more than four people at one time. Participants MUST all be registered at the same time and by the same person in order to qualify for the discount.  Agencies who have individuals register separately WILL NOT QUALIFY for discounts.

All costs include light breakfast snacks and coffee, lunch and materials.

All courses incur processing fees to cover the fees charged by the online registration service. These fees vary, as they are based on your total registration cost. When requesting payment from your organization, please take note of these fees. The courses are the base prices listed above PLUS fees.

Online payment is available during registration via credit or debit card. An option to pay by check is also available. Checks should be mailed, with invoice/confirmation available after registration, to GUIDE, Inc. Checks MUST be received by December 31.

All courses require pre-registration.

Register now!