Photo from Hope
for the Holidays -
Atlantic City 2019
This event will be a holiday extravaganza held at *Brown's Park and include a holiday meal, entertainment, fun and games, Santa and friends, gifts for the children and lots of fun and surprises.
December 19, 2020 2-5 pm
*pending City approval
WHY HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Hope for the Holidays - Atlantic City was launched in 2019 as a community protective factor to help offset the risks many Atlantic City youth face for acquiring a substance use or other mental health disorder, at no fault of their own.
Prior to the COVID pandemic, Atlantic City's youth experienced risks significantly higher than kids living in neighboring communities for developing substance use and mental health disorders. This is, of course, due to increased rates of poverty, crime, access to substances, attitudes about drugs and exposure to them. The pandemic has certainly compounded these risks due to the community and personal transitions that have been required, reduced community attachment and oftentimes community disorganization.
As Jessica Hulsey points out in the video below, communities can create norms to buffer these risks. Hope for the Holidays is a new community norm created to increase the community's involvement with our youth, enabling the magic of the holiday season to reach everyone and providing opportunities for prosocial involvement and recognition. It is an exciting venture.
Along with Angels In Motion - NJ Chapter and other community partners, we plan to deliver hope once again to those who deserve it most. Hope for the Holidays - Atlantic City aims to bring the magic of the holidays to those whose futures depend on it.
We need and welcome the participation of all community sectors in this event.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE EVENT
Jessica Hulsey, founder and CEO, Addiction Policy Forum elaborates on risk and protective factors. Both of Jessica's parents had substance use disorders (SUD) and she explains the process of offsetting risks with protective factors
Further, Communities That Care (CDC) has additional commentary at this link