Who is SPAN-DS?
Since 2002, SPAN-DS has been working to promote awareness
and implement resources that will help to reduce substance
abuse in the DS communities. SPAN-DS presently includes staff
members of DSHS and DSMS, representatives from local law
enforcement agencies and faith communities, middle, high school,
elementary and private school parents.
Above all, we recognize that our youth need positive role models
who are invested in their success. People who truly care and will
work with them to strengthen their own unique character, will
ultimately have the greatest impact. You may just be the person to
make such a difference.
SPAN-DS seeks to prevent and decrease substance abuse
in our communities, especially among youth. To that end we
help build networks among parents, students, and other
individuals that will:
Promote responsible behaviors
Encourage strong support systems
Young adults who abuse alcohol and drugs are at higher risk for
academic under-achievement, significantly increase their likelihood
of developing health problems,and can face severe legal consequences.
Research confirms that these trends are most effectively impacted
through the concerned efforts of the community at large. It is our goal
to offer visible and practical community wide support in an effort to
encourage individuals to choose not to abuse alcohol or drugs.
You are Invited!
Having the participation from a wide spectrum of community members
is imperative to supporting our youth in their decision not to abuse drugs
and/or alcohol. Our goal is for this support network to permeate the
community at every level where adults and kids meet.