Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network: Community Mobilization Video Project

The Community Mobilization Video Project (CMVP) seeks both to educate youth about the risks for, and facts regarding, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS and to help them develop critical thinking and media literacy skills as a way to prevent those risk factors in their everyday lives. CMVP helps the youth learn to analyze and assess the forces of society, such as the media, that shape their decisions, behaviors, and attitudes—rather than simply conveying statistics and stories that stigmatize or create fear of substance abuse or HIV/AIDS. In this way, participating youth become equipped with a framework for decision-making and creative action that ensure greater self-efficacy, leadership skills, and an orientation to the future that can be applied to broader themes as well.

The guiding principles of CMVP include the following components in each 90-minute session of the 10-week workshop:

  • Critical-thinking development
  • Mobilization skill development
  • Media literacy education
  • Risky behavior and attitude change (HIV, STIs, and substance abuse)

With funding from SAMHSA’s FY2014 Subcontracts to Build Evaluation Capacity for Evidence-Based Interventions, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network will enhance the evaluation of CMVP by developing an assessment tool to measure both the substance abuse and HIV risk of the participants, as well as how the program has affected their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and critical-thinking skills. Specific activities will include:

  • Developing a survey that:
    - Assesses condom use and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, as well as related knowledge and attitudes (including existing measures from the National Outcomes Measurement System)
    - Conducting focus groups with former CMVP participants to understand more concretely how and when shifts in thinking occurs
  • Conducting focus groups with former CMVP participants to understand more concretely how and when shifts in thinking occurs


Contact

Suzanne Boucher, M.Ed. LMHC
Project Director
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
127 N. Beacon St
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 926-3600, ext. 309
Email: suzanne_boucher@waysideyouth.org