<ul><li>On the Grind for Change in Salinas </li></ul><ul><li>Salas Team Action Researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Summer 2009 <...
<ul><li>Salas Team Action Research Project (STAR)  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth led research team  - summer of 2009 </li></...
<ul><li>Our MISSION: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use research to bring awareness about drug use & to create solutions for reduci...
<ul><li>Why are so many youth in Salinas using drugs? </li></ul><ul><li>How are youth affected by drug use in Salinas? </l...
<ul><li>As young adults, we feel that some drug use is a problem in Salinas  </li></ul><ul><li>Some of us think that drug ...
<ul><li>Surveys </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Largest number of respondents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anonymous - honest about dr...
<ul><li>Youth ages of 14-24  - most affected by drug use & the lack of resources </li></ul><ul><li>Salinas parents </li></ul>
<ul><li>Paper surveys in English and Spanish to the youth & parents at the mall, Old Town, Sherwood park, some plaza, rode...
<ul><li>Youth are affected negatively by drugs in Salinas </li></ul><ul><li>81% of Salinas youth believe drugs affect nega...
<ul><li>78.9% of youth said that there are not enough resources in Salinas for youth </li></ul><ul><li>“  There isn’t anyt...
 
 
<ul><li>Of parents surveyed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>68.2% believe youth use drugs because of peer pressure </li></ul></ul><...
61.5%
<ul><li>Young men use more drugs than young women </li></ul><ul><ul><li>78.6% young men use drugs as compared to 63.2% of ...
<ul><li>Who Youth Turn to When in Trouble for Drugs? </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>75.5% of youth reported that more jobs would help reduce the drug use </li></ul><ul><li>59% of youth reported that...
<ul><li>Most Salinas Youth are bored and use drugs for fun </li></ul><ul><li>Youth think that Salinas doesn’t have enough ...
<ul><li>We want the city of Salinas to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer youth led programs that use art to help build leadersh...
<ul><li>Performing arts </li></ul><ul><li>Web design </li></ul><ul><li>Fashion </li></ul><ul><li>Dance program (hip pop) <...
<ul><li>Form a post research action team </li></ul><ul><li>Organize meetings with the student councils of local high schoo...
<ul><li>Youth in Focus, OET, The Boys and Girls Club, Kizamu Hikida, Friends and Family, & all the participants who took o...
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Summer Youth Employment Salas Team - Drug Use

  1. 1. <ul><li>On the Grind for Change in Salinas </li></ul><ul><li>Salas Team Action Researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Summer 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Monterey County Office of Employment Training </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Salas Team Action Research Project (STAR) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth led research team - summer of 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11 youth researchers - ages of 14-24 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration between Monterey County Office of Employment Training, Youth In Focus, and the Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Our MISSION: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use research to bring awareness about drug use & to create solutions for reducing drug use in Salinas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We hope that our research will help funders, city officials, and the Salinas community understand that we need a center geared toward young adults to help reduce drug use </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Why are so many youth in Salinas using drugs? </li></ul><ul><li>How are youth affected by drug use in Salinas? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it easier to find drugs than youth resources or jobs, in Salinas? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of resources are available to young adults in Salinas? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of drugs are youth using? Why? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>As young adults, we feel that some drug use is a problem in Salinas </li></ul><ul><li>Some of us think that drug use is caused by a lack of things to do </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Surveys </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Largest number of respondents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anonymous - honest about drug use. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get story behind question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video recorded, edited, & used for documentary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focus Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9 youth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deeper dialogue </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Youth ages of 14-24 - most affected by drug use & the lack of resources </li></ul><ul><li>Salinas parents </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Paper surveys in English and Spanish to the youth & parents at the mall, Old Town, Sherwood park, some plaza, rodeo, & with friends & family </li></ul><ul><li>178 surveys </li></ul><ul><li>12 interviews </li></ul><ul><li>1 focus group </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Youth are affected negatively by drugs in Salinas </li></ul><ul><li>81% of Salinas youth believe drugs affect negatively </li></ul><ul><li>92.6 % of Salinas parents believe drug use negatively affects youth </li></ul><ul><li>“ Drugs are a waist of time besides they get you into many problems and mess with your health” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Drugs suck and they will send you to the cemetery.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>78.9% of youth said that there are not enough resources in Salinas for youth </li></ul><ul><li>“ There isn’t anything to do in Salinas, except for going out to eat and doing drugs” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The community centers are only for little kids, like daycare” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Salinas is a boring town!!!” </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>Of parents surveyed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>68.2% believe youth use drugs because of peer pressure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Of youth surveyed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>75.6% believe youth use drugs for fun </li></ul></ul>
  12. 14. 61.5%
  13. 15. <ul><li>Young men use more drugs than young women </li></ul><ul><ul><li>78.6% young men use drugs as compared to 63.2% of young women </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>52.4% male parents have used drugs compared to 40.0% of female parents </li></ul></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>Who Youth Turn to When in Trouble for Drugs? </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Does “Juvy” or Jail time help drug users stop from using drugs? </li></ul><ul><li>“ No, it only makes things worse” </li></ul><ul><li>“ You just come out and then your on it again” </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>75.5% of youth reported that more jobs would help reduce the drug use </li></ul><ul><li>59% of youth reported that more free Young Adult/Teen Clubs would help reduce drug use </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>Most Salinas Youth are bored and use drugs for fun </li></ul><ul><li>Youth think that Salinas doesn’t have enough resources geared for young adults </li></ul><ul><li>Parents do not understand why youth use drugs </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>We want the city of Salinas to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer youth led programs that use art to help build leadership skills and decrease drug use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer programs that help place youth with youth jobs and internships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer resources and awareness classes to parents and youth in English and Spanish about drug use </li></ul></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>Performing arts </li></ul><ul><li>Web design </li></ul><ul><li>Fashion </li></ul><ul><li>Dance program (hip pop) </li></ul><ul><li>Screen printing </li></ul><ul><li>Radio broadcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Film & video production </li></ul><ul><li>Ceramics </li></ul><ul><li>Swimming pool </li></ul><ul><li>Tech center </li></ul><ul><li>Art classes </li></ul><ul><li>Talent showcase </li></ul><ul><li>Health & wellness </li></ul><ul><li>Career education </li></ul><ul><li>College resource center </li></ul><ul><li>Tutoring </li></ul><ul><li>Culinary arts </li></ul><ul><li>Music production </li></ul><ul><li>Skate center </li></ul><ul><li>Sound and beat lab </li></ul>
  19. 21. <ul><li>Form a post research action team </li></ul><ul><li>Organize meetings with the student councils of local high schools of Salinas </li></ul><ul><li>Collect contact information from state funders so we can have follow up meetings to discuss an action for getting a young adult center started </li></ul><ul><li>Bring in contractors from other young adult centers (Youth uprising, Vera Project) to assist with the development of youth center </li></ul><ul><li>Present Salinas City council meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with Funders </li></ul>
  20. 22. <ul><li>Youth in Focus, OET, The Boys and Girls Club, Kizamu Hikida, Friends and Family, & all the participants who took our surveys and interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Xandra, Tristan and Joe Aguirre </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone in our group for participating, for being patient, and sharing your skills! </li></ul>
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