FRESHMAN IMPACT CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
The Freshman Impact program is announcing its 10th year anniversary. The general public is invited to the 1st fundraising Prime Rib Dinner and Auction at Crazy horse Memorial on October 29th 2016. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley will be the speaker for the event.
Auction preview starts at 5:00 p.m. with buffet dinner at 5:30. FREE ADMISSION TO CRAZY HORSE. Meal tickets on sale on website: http://www.freshmanimpact.com or send checks and donations to C.O.R.E. 22732 Rando Court, Box Elder SD 57719. Cash, check or credit card accepted at auction.
“This works!” stated Pat Carlson, a defense attorney who has participated in many Freshman Impact programs. Freshman Impact has been credited for turning many high school freshman student lives around.
Freshman Impact is a one-day event coordinated among local agencies, state and federal law enforcement, fire, rescue and other first-responders that educates teenagers on the devastating effects of poor choices. The program’s goal is to immerse freshmen in pre-planned crisis situations and equip them with the tools to make healthier decisions.
“We’re saving lives,” said Freshman Impact Founder Rick McPherson of the program, which ranges from interactive learning stations in: social media risks, healthy relationships, STD’s, youth leadership, drugs, underage drinking, teen suicide awareness, team building, seatbelt use to mock scenarios that occur when emergency medical technicians (EMTs) arrive on scene at a mock crash followed by a funeral and mock sentencing hearing done by real Judges and attorneys.
In 2006, McPherson, who is a Pennington County Sheriff’s Deputy, became disheartened at the number of tragedies he was experiencing due to underage drinking and driving accidents and deaths . “There was an atmosphere of drinking, which was accepted by our youth,” said McPherson, leading to tragedies that McPherson would respond to as a law enforcement officer. McPherson, encouraged by a close friend and prominent defense attorney founded Freshmen Impact that year. One school attended and 67 students. Since 2006, it has grown to 53 schools, 3 states involved and is a federally recognized 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization.
Freshman Impact: Caught in the Moment is a powerful one-day prevention program for freshman students to experience first-hand the tragedies and consequences of their actions from start to finish. Students participate in hands-on activities, to understand the consequences and lasting effects, physically and emotionally, those choices may have on their bodies, families, friends and community.
Freshman Impact brings together first-responders from local to federal agencies, including law enforcement, fire and rescue, to create a sense of community by developing relationships through communication between youth and first-responders. By incorporating the community at large, first responders have the opportunity to train for emergency response situations and educate the community on their participation.
The impact is through the community working together to promote safe choices and preventing destructive behaviors of our youth, giving them the tools and resources to make life-long skills and values to live a healthier and happier life.