SHARING THE TRUTH ABOUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Students Helping Each Other  (SHEO) 

SHEO serves in two capacities for the youth of Columbia County.  First, SHEO serves as a Youth  Prevention Club at Dayton Jr. and Sr. High Schools.  Their goals include providing support for students who want stay clean and sober (whether they have a history of using alcohol and/or other drugs or not), sponsoring prevention education programs for students and staff on campus, hosting alcohol and other drug free social activities, and participating in community education and service projects.  Second, SHEO serves as the Youth Coalition as part of the Coalition for Youth and Families. SHEO has elected representatives for each of the four high school grade levels who serve as Youth Representatives on the Coalition.  SHEO provides a voice for the community youth on the important issues of youth substance use.  

Dayton Middle School Retreat

Dayton Middle School SHEO Leadership Retreat is 3 day training, teambuilding, and educational event that occurs in the fall of each year. This event is planned and hosted by Dayton High school Students who also facilitate many of the training components.

Through experiential learning activities, students learn communication, team-building, and cooperation skills. They are challenged to work together to achieve the goals of the various activities.

At the end of the retreat, students use what they have learned to develop an Action Plan to implement when they get back to school.

Dayton High School SHEO Leadership Retreat

Dayton High School Annual Leadership Retreat is a 5 day training event held in late summer each year. The retreat focuses on building leadership and teambuilding skills, bridging the gap between different school groups, and developing an action plan to implement within the school and community. There are also educational components that increase knowledge of substance abuse issues and promote understanding of others perspective of social issues.

Students and chaperones participate in a wide variety of experiential learning activities that challenge them physically, mentally, reasoning, and problem solving abilities. Each challenge requires communicating, cooperating, and compromising. They learn that they cannot succeed individually; if the team doesn’t succeed, no one succeeds.

Coalition for

2016 Prevention Summit

Six students from Dayton High School and Six students from Dayton Middle School representing the SHEO Club attended the annual Washington State Prevention Summit November 6 -8, 2016 in Yakima, WA. The students participated in workshops on a variety of topics related to the prevention of substance abuse, violence, and bullying. They also had the opportunity to network with students from other schools in the state and hear national speakers.

Dayton High School SHEO Team presented a workshop on ACEs and Resilience and facilitated the Resilience games with about fifty students following their workshop. They received high praise from workshop participants.  

SHEO Team Presentation