Peer Leadership Conference
A county-wide event for local middle school and high school students. The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for teens to participate in learning activities which aid in the development of leadership skills, promote responsible citizenship, positive lifestyle, and healthy relationships. Peer Leadership Conference serves as a forum for Cape May County students to exchange ideas, make new friends, and receive recognition for the accomplishments of their Peer Leadership groups.
Public Service Announcement Contest
Empowers students to use their voice and raise awareness on issues affecting the youth of today. The themes range from substance misuse prevention to building resiliency and everything in between. Students create written PSAs, videos, and artwork, and the HCC coalition picks multiple winners from different schools in Cape May county. The PSAs are used in Cape Assist’s programs, on social media, and radio to raise awareness.
Spring Awards Breakfast
An event where the HCC coalition congratulates the PSA Contest winners and recognizes Community Partners in Prevention. Students proudly display or read their PSAs to an audience of their peers, elected officials, parents, teachers, and school administrators. It is always a great photo opportunity for guests and participants.
Fall Networking Breakfast
An annual event where the coalition members and partners gather to network and learn something new. It is an excellent opportunity to deepen community connections and build new ones. The event speakers highlight ways multiple sectors of the community can come together and collaborate for a common goal of strengthening our community by building resiliency and preventing substance misuse.
Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day (KOOAD)
A statewide single-day initiative (usually October 6th) that mobilizes the prevention and treatment communities, community leaders, and concerned citizens to raise awareness of the potential for dependency on prescribed pain medicine and its link to heroin abuse rates in our state. The HCC Coalition engages multiple partners to ensure the message reaches all sectors of our community and raises awareness of available resources
School Resiliency Teams (SRT)
In collaboration with the CMC P.R.I.D.E. Committee, the HCC Coalition supported the initiative of creating the SRTs in Cape May county in 2018. Since then, multiple trainings have been organized for the teams as well as ongoing technical assistance and support. The SRTs support and promote a trauma-sensitive and trauma-responsive school environment that’s based on Safety, Connections, and the Ability to Regulate Emotions.