TTI REPRESENTATIVES COMPLETE
Tazewell Teen Initiative representatives have completed the Leadership Institute. Jody Heavilin of the Tazewell County Health Department and Trooper Dustin Pierce of the Illinois State Police received their certificates this week. Tazewell Teen Initiative was one of five teams chosen nationally to participate.
The Leadership Institute was sponsored by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and offered by the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center at Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE). The Institute focused on assisting community leaders with strategic assessment, problem definition, goal setting and action planning. The Institute is a year-long program of in-person and on-line trainings, guided implementation in the field, conference participation and presentations, and formative evaluation. All training and conference costs are fully paid by the UDETC.
“I am pleased that Jody and Trooper Pierce were committed to completing the UDETC Leadership Institute. All members of the Tazewell Teen Initiative will benefit from the information gained at the Leadership Institute and will to continue the environmental strategies to reduce underage drinking and risk-taking behaviors,” says Amy Tippey, Administrator of Tazewell County Health Department.
Ms. Heavilin and Trooper Pierce completed over 200 hours of training and participation to be graduates of the Leadership Institute. The National Alcohol Policy Conference 15 in Washington, DC followed by two days of formal Leadership Institute training, as well as additional trainings were components of the Leadership Institute.
Tazewell Teen Initiative will utilize the knowledge gained to develop comprehensive community based strategies that combine enforcement, development of Under 21 Law supportive policies and practices, community environmental prevention and media strategies for reducing youth risk behaviors involving alcohol.