Prevention Toolkit Step-By-Step Guide



Flow Chart Diagram Use this guide to familiarize yourself and others with youth behavior and experiences in Fairfax County and take action toward promoting healthy behaviors and thriving communities.

 

Getting Started

  1. We suggest you preview the Fairfax County Youth Survey Results Highlights video (also available in PDF). This video presents an overview of student self-reported behaviors.  The results might highlight an area of interest to you.
  2. View the Fairfax County Youth Survey PSAs and Fairfax County Youth Survey Fact Sheets for more information, warning signs of risk behaviors, and suggestions of ways you can help.
  3. Read through the Guides and  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to familiarize yourself with the Prevention Toolkits and the Fairfax County Youth Survey.
  4. Consider contacting the Prevention Staff to explore ways in which you can share information with members of your community and take action to promote healthy behaviors.

Addressing a Specific Topic of Interest

  1. Review the Presentations, Handouts, and Resources materials for one of the listed topics of interest.
  2. Review the Data and Background Resources for your topic of interest. Is there information here that you would like to share with your audience?
  3. Read through the Guides and  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to familiarize yourself with the Prevention Toolkits and the Fairfax County Youth Survey.

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How to Host a Community Event

  1. Identify your audience.  The composition of your audience will determine which pieces of information from this site you want to use.  Are you looking for a broad overview of Fairfax County Youth Survey results?  Are there specific areas of interest in the survey (e.g., substance abuse, depression, bullying) for which your audience might want more information?
  2. Consider contacting one of our Prevention Staff members to brainstorm what your presentation will look like.  Our staff is very familiar with the Fairfax County Youth Survey and has seen it presented a variety of ways, and so might be helpful in your planning process.  There may be additional sources of information they can suggest that would be helpful to your audience.
  3. Review the Fairfax County Youth Survey Results Highlights presentation and other items suggested in Getting Started, if you have not already, for valuable background to hosting a community event. 
  4. If you are interested in a particular topic or are addressing a specific audience, review the Presentations, Handouts, and Resources materials for that topic and other steps suggested in Addressing a Specific Topic of Interest.
  5. Discussion Questions are provided as suggestions to generate discussion with your audience with a goal toward developing a plan to take action in your community.  The Discussion Guide is included in each toolkit, along with the presentations, handouts, and resources.   
  6. Arrange a meeting place that will support the expected number of people and is available during the best time for your audience. 
  7. Consider inviting a guest speaker who can add insight on the topic being discussed and also address questions or concerns.
  8. Consider the technical support available at your meeting place.  If the facility does not have Internet access, you will want to download resources to your computer or print handouts before the event.  The videos are only viewable with Internet access or by contacting the Prevention Staff to borrow a DVD.
  9. Review some suggestions to Take Action in your community.  After the presentation and guided discussion you will want to help the group explore things they can do to make a positive difference. 

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