Local Sources- A game get-together for grandparents and high-schoolers is set for Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Jasper Public Library, 100 Third Ave. The “Get-toGamer,” sponsored by Dubois County CARES, will take place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Hickory Room.
Anyone of grandparent age or high-school age from throughout Dubois County is invited to attend this free activity. Participants are asked to bring playing cards or board games to share. CARES will provide scorepads, pens and refreshments.
Dubois County CARES (Coalition for Adolescent Resilience and Empowerment Strategies) encourages youth to be alcohol- and drug-free through a variety of services, resources and activities such as this one. The purpose of this “skipped-generation” activity is to casually promote intergenerational connectedness and prosocial community involvement.
Dubois County has low protection at every grade level for prosocial involvement, according to the most recent results of the Indiana Youth Survey. Students in grades six through 12 fill out the survey annually to give an indicator of substance use and mental health concerns.
Prosocial involvement is defined as people acting voluntarily to benefit others. According to the questions asked on the survey, the majority of students in Dubois County do not believe people in their neighborhood are proud of them, and do not let them know when they do a good job or encourage them to do their best. It is hoped that through the Get-toGamer, adolescents will experience firsthand how broad their community of support is. Also, as more and more adolescents struggle with depression and anxiety, seniors are living proof that resilience wins over temporary struggles and setbacks.
Walk-ins are welcome to the Get-toGamer, but for planning purposes, RSVPs are encouraged; they may be made by calling 812-827-8464 or emailing [email protected].