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Department of Education
The following components of the Orange County Friday Night Live (OCFNLP) programs provide learning opportunities for development of leadership capabilities, adult and peer partnerships, and the development of safe environments.
Chapters consists of a group of young people, along with an adult advisor, who work together to make a positive change in their school and community. The chapter is youth-driven and youth-led and serves as the center of communication, training, and learning opportunities. Chapter members develop a mission statement and an action plan to guide their work to become advocates for positive change in their school and community. OCFNLP staff provide assistance and support for chapter development and campaign/project/activity implementation, and they remain in contact with the students and advisor(s) on a continuous basis.
Through outreach, the OCFNLP programs seek to involve young people from various backgrounds, communities, and environments. Chapter members often host recruitment rallies and club days, creating bulletins, flyers, or other means of advertising to generate youth interest. Outreach enhances the quality of the Friday Night Live (FNL)/Club Live (CL)/FNLKids experience by being inclusive in meeting the needs of all participating youth. Chapters also extend outreach to community members giving youth the opportunity to build meaningful partnerships.
Partnerships are built by adults who provide guidance, peers who provide support, and community organizations who value youth and provide them a role in making permanent and impactful change within their communities. In this arena, adults recognize youth as leaders and a positive force for change.
Skill development occurs while youth participate in countywide and site level trainings, develop chapter goals, and plan school and community activities. These meaningful opportunities build skills in relevant areas such as leadership, organization, health education and prevention strategies, cultural sensitivity, and life skills. These skills combine to develop healthy, competent, and caring adults.
Opportunities for youth include involvement in school and community activities that are positive alternatives to alcohol and other drug use. Many of these activities use a strategy called environmental prevention, which encourages youth to look at settings that contribute to or cause issues related to problem behaviors. To address these issues, chapter members develop activities that create positive, long-lasting change in their schools and communities. Through this process youth develop a sense of bonding and connection to their school and community.