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The Guys Only (GO) Program

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An overview of the Guys Only (GO) Program, a young men's empowerment program. It is run at Norwich University by Northfield & Roxbury Drug-Free Communities

An overview of the Guys Only (GO) Program, a young men's empowerment program. It is run at Norwich University by Northfield & Roxbury Drug-Free Communities


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  • 1. The GO! Program (Guys Only!) A program from Northfield & Roxbury Drug-Free Communities, in partnership with Norwich University.
  • 2. What is GO!? An empowerment program for at-risk young men, grades 7-10, designed to reduce and prevent substance abuse.
  • 3.
    • In the Spring of 2007, for 13 weeks,
    • the GO! Guys met weekly with
    • Norwich University students and staff,
    • and community volunteers
    • to learn about healthy behaviors and challenge themselves both mentally and physically.
  • 4. The GO! Guys of 2007 (and volunteers) ready to go on their retreat
  • 5.
    • Weeknight activities included:
      • Snowshoeing
      • Indoor rock climbing
      • Swimming
      • Team-building activities
      • Workshops on healthy behaviors
  • 6.
    • The Program finished with an overnight camping retreat, which included outdoor rock climbing, rappelling and hiking.
  • 7. Quotes from the GO! Guys: “ I learned that you don’t have to use your fists to solve stuff.”
  • 8.
    • “ I learned that you have to work with people to get things done.”
    • “ I like Go! because we get to do team building activities that helped us get to know each other.”
  • 9.
    • “ I learned that teamwork, communication, cooperation are the key ingredient[s] to success.”
    • “ I like GO! because it is fun and it teaches us stuff about life.”
  • 10. GO! is an Asset Building Program
    • The program was developed using the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets as a framework. These “assets” are like “building blocks” for healthy student development.
    • ( www.search-institute.org )
  • 11.
    • The GO! Program focused specifically on developing
    • 18 out of the 40 Assets:
  • 12.
    • Other Adult
    • Relationships
      • Youth
      • receives
      • support from
      • 3 or more
      • non-parent
      • adults.
  • 13.
    • Adult Role Models
      • Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
  • 14.
    • Positive Peer Influence
    • Young person’s best friends model responsible behavior.
  • 15. High Expectations Both parent(s) and teachers [and other adults] encourage the young person to do well.
  • 16. Creative Activities Young person spends 3 or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or other organizations in the community.
  • 17. Integrity Young person acts on convictions and stands up for her or his beliefs.
  • 18. Honesty Young person “tells the truth even when it is not easy.”
  • 19. Responsibility Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.
  • 20. Restraint Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.
  • 21. Interpersonal competence Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.
  • 22. Cultural Competence Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
  • 23. Resistance Skills Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.
  • 24. Peaceful Conflict Resolution Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.
  • 25. Personal Power Young person feels he or she has control over “ things that happen to me.”
  • 26. Self-Esteem Young person reports having a high self-esteem
  • 27. Sense of Purpose Young person reports that “ my life has a purpose.”
  • 28. Positive View of Personal Future Young person is optimistic about her or his personal future.
  • 29. What Do GO! Guys Really Do? Go! Guys Overcome Challenges
  • 30. On Norwich University’s Challenge Course
  • 31. Each of them, took their turn, facing the unique challenges.
  • 32. They learned to compete with one another respectfully.
  • 33. They learned about asking for help from an adult.
  • 34. They took risks to help one another over the rough spots.
  • 35. And learned how much they really could overcome.
  • 36. What Do GO! Guys Really Do? GO! Guys Learn from Special Workshops
  • 37.
    • Dealing with Anger
    • (Tony Moulton, Northfield Boys & Girls Club)
    • Positive and Negative Peer Influence (Suzanne Jolly, Northfield & Roxbury Drug-Free Communities)
    • Domestic Violence and Healthy Relationships
    • (Meg Kuhner and Stephen from Battered Women’s Services and Shelter)
    Workshops Topics Included:
  • 38. They GO! Guys work in groups to sort out what are negative, positive and neutral behaviors.
  • 39. Meg Kuhner and Stephen McArthur teach about healthy relationships and domestic violence.
  • 40. What Do GO! Guys Really Do? GO! Guys Eat and learn about healthy eating
  • 41. They “do chow” (in the Norwich University dining hall.)
  • 42. and picnic out on the lawns.
  • 43. GO! Guys Learn to Work Together to Succeed
  • 44. They learned to share the heavy burdens,
  • 45. Even balancing leadership roles amongst their team members.
  • 46. They trusted their teammates to guide them through precarious situations.
  • 47. What Do GO! Guys Really Do? GO! Guys Swim at Norwich University’s Pool.
  • 48. They learn how to take risks…
  • 49. and how to push themselves safely.
  • 50. But the GO! Guys Couldn’t Have Done All of This Alone
    • They needed the guidance and encouragement of the GO! Volunteers to see their way through.
  • 51. Many thanks to the GO! Volunteers for their hard work: David Maida, Stephen Dunn, Paul Ciampaglia, Kyle Robidas, Alan Chandler, Frank Steenburn, Jeff Greene, Guy Boucher (not shown) and Jon Hatch (not shown).
  • 52. Particular thanks to the fearless coordinator: Major Alan Chandler GO! never would have happened without his enthusiasm and dedication!
  • 53. The GO! Program is sponsored by:
    • Northfield & Roxbury Drug-Free Communities
    • Norwich University
    • PetraCliffs Climbing Center
    • But needs further sponsorship for 2008.
  • 54. For more information on the GO! Program
    • Suzanne Jolly
    • Northfield & Roxbury Drug-Free Communities
    • (802) 485-8081
    • [email_address]
    • Northfield & Roxbury Drug-Free Communities is a program of
    • the Greater Northfield Coalition Council (a non-profit
    • organization). It is a federally funded program from the
    • Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.