For Immediate Release – January 11, 2016
From BHS of Pickens County
Who: 25 middle school students from the Pickens Co. School District
14 high school students – current members of the BHS Pickens Co. Youth Board
2 college students – former Youth Board members
Prevention staff from BHS of Pickens Co
What: The EVA Project Middle School Alternative Program – in partnership with the Pickens Co School District & BHS of Pickens Co
The weekend long retreat will serve as a time to bring focus on Anti Bullying by bringing together teens, adults, and leadership. Fun and learning about how to deal with peer pressure in everyday situations – workshops, skits, movie time, and friendships!
Special Guest – Alphaeus Anderson – Upstate native and inspirational speaker will join in and discuss his book on the Anti-Bullying topic.
Where & When:
Bonclarken Conference Center – Flat Rock, NC
January 16th & 17th…..Saturday 9a – 11p and Sunday 8a – 6:30 p
For more information contact – Cathy Breazeale, Director of Prevention Services
864-898-5800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit – www.bhspickens.com
Several years ago, BHS conducted a middle school alternative program known as Teen Leadership Connection (TLC). Conducted over several years, teams from area middle schools interacted with each other, taking classes related to raising awareness about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, as well as having some fun! For many years, Liberty Middle School’s team was led by Mrs. Eva Haynie. She was a HUGE supporter of the program, and went above and beyond the call of duty as an advisor. As a parent, she was also a huge advocate for Pickens County Youth Board, a leadership group of high school students selected by BHSPC Prevention Department. Three of her four children participated in the program during their high school days.
Due to budget constraints and other factors, this program was cut several years ago. Fortunately, the Board of Directors at Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County has seen the need for this program and has set aside some money for us to use to bring the program back.
You may remember that Mrs. Haynie passed away in November 2014 in the Hendersonville, NC area. Because of the connection that Mrs. Haynie had to the program, the Prevention Department has the great honor and privilege of renaming the retreat in her honor.