As youth, you all play an important role in our community. We are proud to offer a number of services at The Southwest Council, Inc. that can help you become more knowledgeable about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs as well as overall health and wellness. Your input and time as a young person is truly valuable to us, so we encourage you to become involved by volunteering and serving on one or more of our coalitions. Listed below are some of our programs and services that might interest youth.
This free camp is offered every summer to students who have participated in one of our many programs throughout the school year. Not only will the campers learn excellent leadership skills throughout their time with us but they will also have a great time enjoying the ropes course and other fun outdoor activities! Age: 4th-12th grade.
Connected Families was established in 2014 with the support of the Pascale Sykes Foundation through its South Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative. We are a partnership between schools, families, and our community, to enhance the well-being and success of our youth. We believe strong, well-informed, healthy families, and supportive communities, are key to student success. Connected Families offers a convenient, comfortable, “one-stop” site where students and families in the Cumberland Regional and Upper Deerfield Township school districts can work together with community partners toward meeting their optimal potential.
Cumberland County Human Services Transportation Program
The Cumberland County Human Services Transportation Program, CCHSTP offers free of charge, non-emergency transportation for residents of Cumberland County who need transportation to the following services: Mental Health Counseling/Services, Family Support Services and Programs, Healthcare/Medical Appointments, Drug and Alcohol Counseling Services, Prevention Programs, Early Intervention Programs, Social Service Appointments, and Other Healthcare services. Call 1-800-856-9609 for more information.
Over 400 assorted alcohol, tobacco, and other drug educational videos and DVDs are available for ages 4 through adult on a wide variety of topics. Many titles are available in Spanish.
The GRYP SQUAD is a youth leadership group in Gloucester County that is part of the Gloucester Regional Addictive Substance Prevention (GRASP). The GRYP SQUAD promotes youth leadership to empower and engage youth to prevent substance abuse. Teen alcohol and other drug abuse is a concern impacting youth in Gloucester County.
The GRYP SQUAD offers many leadership and volunteer opportunities. The activities are chosen and designed by teen members with help from adult advisors, and elected youth officers at our monthly meetings. Membership in the GRASP not only gives teens an opportunity to make a positive impact on their community, but provides valuable leadership experience.
Want to know more? Please visit the GRYP Squad’s website by clicking here.
The Council welcomes volunteers of all ages to assist with the many programs we offer.
The Youth Network is a youth leadership group that is part of the Cumberland County Healthy Communities Coalition. The Youth Network brings together teens who want to make a positive difference in their community by encouraging peers to participate in healthy decision making by staying drug and alcohol free.
Want to know more? Please visit the Youth Network’s website by clicking here.