Story Ideas in Fairfax County Government


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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May 28, 2004

 

Story Ideas in Fairfax County Government

The Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs provides a summary of news briefs designed to inform the media about great story ideas in Fairfax County government. The information provided gives the background on several newsworthy stories as well as the contact information for key personnel to provide more information, interviews, etc. For additional questions on the Future Features service, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

County Youth Programs Designated National Models
The Prevention Unit of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board has created two programs that have been named national models in the prevention of substance abuse and related concerns – the Leadership and Resiliency Program and the Girl Power Program. These programs were created, based on local community need, to help young people strengthen their skills in a variety of situations and develop leadership skills. The programs’ effectiveness has been demonstrated through outcome evaluations pointing to reductions in substance use or intent to use in the future, improvements in school grades and attendance, and increases in community bonding. All of these factors are known to reduce the risk for problem behaviors.

The Leadership and Resiliency Program is an intensive substance abuse prevention program designed to work with high school-aged youth considered at-risk for substance use, violence, or both. The program operates in a number of alternative and mainstream high schools throughout the county. This program was identified as a 2000 Model Program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and a 2003 Promising Program by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. It is being replicated across the country.

The Girl Power Program is a 32-week prevention program for girls, ages 10-15, and was based on a national information campaign. The program teaches a strong “no use” message about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, while providing opportunities for girls to build skills and self-confidence in academics, arts, sports and other endeavors. Girl Power was named a 2003 Promising Program by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The Prevention Unit has developed curricula, manuals and a video to facilitate uniform replication of their programs throughout the nation that will help other sites produce similar results. Manuals and curricula are licensed to jurisdictions and agencies wishing to implement the programs, and licensed organizations obtain training and technical assistance from Fairfax County.

For more information, contact Laura Yager, director, CSB Prevention Services at 703-934-8774, TTY 711, or through e-mail at laura.yager@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Get Set, Get Registered... Vote
In anticipation of the Congressional primary on June 8, and the Presidential election on Nov. 2, the General Registrar’s office has been conducting voter registration drives in the county. They have begun registering 17-year olds, who will be 18 before the November election through a high school outreach program. Last year more than 5,000 students from 23 high schools were registered.

Voter registration drives are being taken into various communities and neighborhoods such as the Vietnamese community, the Reston Neighborhood Center, the Neighborhood College at Dogwood Elementary School, Springfield Plaza, the Newcomer’s Reception in Burke and the Multicultural Festival in Gum Springs. Upcoming registration opportunities are scheduled at Herndon Community Day, Sacramento Neighborhood Resource Center in Alexandria, on local college campuses, sorority events and with many more community groups. Other organizations are encouraged to sponsor drives.

County residents can also receive applications by mail by calling the General Registrar’s office at 703-222-0776, TTY 711, picking up a form at the local library or downloading the form from the
Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eb. Residents may attend or conduct a voter registration drive. The Registrar’s office has made it easy, so don’t delay. The final date to register for the November election is Monday, Oct. 4, 2004.

In Addition…
Celebrate Fairfax! is Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide festival. The event is held on the grounds of the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, June 11 – 13. The deadline to order advance tickets and ticket packages is Sunday, June 6. For a complete listing of Celebrate Fairfax! programs and concert schedules, visit the Web site at www.celebratefairfax.com or call 703-324-3247, TTY 711.

For more information on the following, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

  • Mike Johnson, county archaeologist with the Fairfax County Park Authority, has received the Joseph L. Harsh Award from the Northern Virginia Association for History. The annual honor recognizes contributions to history and historic preservation.
  • Private First Class Derrick Hill, Sheriff’s Office, has received the Dale City Multicultural Achievement Award for being a “positive influence in the lives of today’s youth.”
  • Jean Cahill, Public Safety Communications Center, has been selected as Dispatcher of the Year by the American Legion Post #176 of Springfield, Va. Cahill was recognized for her dedication as a highly experienced call taker, Fire and Police dispatcher, and squad trainer.


 

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