Remembering to mentor youth
In a special proclamation Monday night, Homer Mayor Beth Wythe proclaimed January National Mentoring Month. Think of January as a time to encourage all citizens, businesses, public and private agencies as a time to give young people the gift of time and friendship through Big Brothers Big Sisters or other mentoring programs.
“Everyone remembers someone special – a neighbor, teacher, relative or friend, who broadened our horizons and brought a little magic into our lives,” the proclamation reads. “Every adult has something to offer and a few hours a month can make a big difference in a child’s life.”
Research shows children engaged in mentoring programs are more likely to finish high school and become productive members of their community.
AlaskaMen prepares feature on Homer
Between now and March, AlaskaMen Magazine is looking for a few good men to feature on its pages. A special Homer edition and calendar is in the works, publisher Susie Carter said in a release.
Single men or families of men wishing to be presented for the next issue of AlaskaMen have a local contact. The magazine also is presenting fishing and local companies, especially related to tourism, who have single men in their group.
Drug take-back event at SVT
The Seldovia Village Tribal Health & Wellness Center and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to SVT Health & Wellness Homer Health Center between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at 880 East End Road, or to the SVT Clinic in Seldovia at 206 Main Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at more than 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in more than 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills.
“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” SVT’s Relations Director Ian McGaughey said. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.”
MAPP meets Feb. 1 on campus
MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula, the local community health improvement effort, will hold a community meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at the Kachemak Bay Campus Pioneer Hall, Room 202.
MAPP community meetings provide community members an opportunity to learn about and share updates on collaborative efforts underway and support the community’s health improvement goals. These meetings also provide a venue to hear updates on recent data results and network with community partners. To RSVP or gather more information, contact Megan Murphy, MAPP coordinator, at 235-0570 or email@example.com.
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