Future Presentations: Save the Date

February 27, 2020- Youth Anxiety and Depression
Lincoln High School/Media Center
6:30 p.m.
“Youth Gaming: When a Pastime becomes a Problem”
By Jeremy Eberle and Janet Johnson
Additional resources relating to digital citizenship and parental controls can be found on the SCIP website. SCIPnebraska.com

Community Awareness Series: Promoting Healthy Behaviors; Let’s Talk: Youth Vaping & Marijuana Use

October 24th Community Awareness Event: Youth Vaping and Marijuana Use


Community Awareness Series: Promoting Healthy Behaviors
Our youth are our future’s greatest asset. Schools, parents, caregivers and communities all play a role in providing supportive pathways for our youth as they navigate childhood and adolescence. SCIP (School Community Intervention and Prevention) is partnering with Lincoln Public Schools, Bryan Independence Center and the Lancaster Prevention Leadership Team to put on a series of valuable presentations about how to support the health and well-being of our community’s youth. These events are open to parents, students, school professionals and community members. Please join us for our first event.

October 24, 2019- Let’s Talk: Youth Vaping & Marijuana Use
Lincoln Southeast High School (Commons Area)
2930 S. 37th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Research shows that families and influential adults play the most important role in preventing youth substance use. As part of National Health Education Week, this presentation will provide education and awareness surrounding two growing youth substance use issues as a means to promote conversations and healthy decision making. Marijuana continues to be one of the most prevalent substances of abuse among our youth and teen vaping is increasing at alarming rates. Rebekah Willoughby, a Public Health Educator with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and Deputy Jeremy Schwarz, a Licensed Drug Recognition Expert with the Lancaster County Sherriff’s Office, will discuss:

  • The prevalence of youth vaping and marijuana use
  • The effects of these substances on the developing youth brain
  • Physical health effects of vaping and marijuana use
  • The role of marketing in vaping and various products that youth are using
  • Legal aspects
  • Signs of use
  • How to engage in conversations with youth about vaping and marijuana
  • Resources to further address prevention and early intervention of use.

Please contact Abbe Edgecombe, SCIP Coordinator for Lincoln-Lancaster County for questions or additional information: (402) 327-6841 or aedgecombe@lmep.com

Parenting Teens Class – HopeSpoke

HopeSpoke is now enrolling for an Active Parenting Class for Parents of Teens beginning May 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The class will be held every Monday through June 27th. The cost of the course is $40; however, this fee can be reduced significantly reduced dependent upon financial circumstances. A workbook/parent’s guide is included. If all 6 sessions are attended by the participant, a $25 gift card incentive is offered. If interested please contact your child’s school counselor.

Camp Erin Sept. 20 – 22

Do you know a grieving student?
Camp Erin Lincoln is a free, weekend-long, overnight bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death
of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Facilitated by professional staff and
trained volunteers from the Mourning Hope Grief Center, campers are provided a safe environment to explore
their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make
friends with peers who are also grieving.
For more information contact Mourning Hope

Skyhawk Camp for Incoming 6th Graders

Attention incoming 6th graders! We are so excited to have you join our Schoo Middle School family next fall. Please consider signing up to attend our Skyhawk Camp either July 23 or July 24. This two-hour camp is run by Schoo’s First Friends and counselors. Incoming 6th graders will have the chance to learn all about our school building and procedures in a fun and exciting way. You may sign up at the Information Night on April 16 or on our Schoo website later in April. #LetsSCHOO!

Hop, SCIP, Jump and Run Event, May 10, Antelope Park

Registration is now open for School Community Intervention & Prevention’s (SCIP) annual fundraiser, “Hop, SCIP, Jump and RUN”. This year’s event will include food, music and booths offering a variety of activities for both children and adults. Children and adults of all ages can register to participate in a 1-mile Fun Run, with prizes for the top three finishers. All attendees will be eligible for other prize drawings by visiting a minimum number of booths. Proceeds will benefit SCIP, a program of Lincoln Medical Education Partnership.
For additional information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, contact Michaela Emmons at 402-327-6843 or go to www.SCIPnebraska.com.

Social Media and Mental Health

Recently our Schoo PTSO meeting included a presentation on the possible connection between the growing use of social media and increased mental health concerns among adolescents. At our meeting we watched a video from a previous SCIP presentation on that topic. Though there is no hard and fast proof that there is causation between social media use and an increase in depression and suicide attempts among adolescents, there does appear to be some sort of association.

Watch the SCIP video here.

HopeSpoke Parenting Classes


Funding through the Community Health Endowment has allowed for HopeSpoke to offer three different Active Parenting Classes for parents specific to their child’s age: Parents of 0-5 Year Olds, Parents of 5-12 Year Olds, and Parents of Teens. The Active Parenting Model is evidenced based with over 20 years of research. Anyone is welcome to participate! Classes include information on reactive vs. proactive parenting, communication, non-violent discipline methods, bonding and attachment, school preparedness, and much more. Each course is offered on a quarterly basis at varying times. Classes are 4 or 6 weeks in duration and meet once per week for 2 hours. The cost per course is $40; however, dependent upon financial status a reduced rate is possible. Participants will receive a parent’s guide and/or workbook, snacks at each class, and an incentive for completing the course. For additional information please contact our office via phone or email parentingprogram@hopespoke.org.