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Lodi Community Action Team


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Lodi Community Action Team


We believe that when youth are empowered, they are more likely to choose to live a healthy lifestyle.

 

Youth feel empowered when they are valued and surrounded by caring adults who allow them opportunities to grow.   LCAT will work to empower youth by providing opportunities to connect youth and the community to grow together.

 

Build Community

We can only make lasting change in our community if we work together hand in hand with our neighbors. 

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Educate

We must know what dangers exist, how we can address them, and how we can ultimately change the root cause.

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Empower Youth

Youth that feel valued by the community are much more likely to succeed in life and relationships.

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Build Community


WHEN WE COME TOGETHER WITH OUR NEIGHBORS AND TRULY UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER, WE CAN EMBRACE WHAT WE HAVE IN COMMON. THEN WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR YOUTH TO THRIVE.

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Build Community


WHEN WE COME TOGETHER WITH OUR NEIGHBORS AND TRULY UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER, WE CAN EMBRACE WHAT WE HAVE IN COMMON. THEN WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR YOUTH TO THRIVE.

Lodi Pride

What does Lodi Pride mean to you?   For some, it is the incredible landscapes, for others it is the small town feel; still for others it is the great school district, silent sports or the great people.   Lodi Pride means something different to each of us, but we can each show our pride in our community every day.   When we have pride in where we live and in our community, kids grow up in an environment where they feel they can achieve almost anything.

The Lodi Pride campaign is a way for each of us along with community organizations, businesses, and schools can show our Lodi Pride.

  • Businesses and organizations can get banners that represent their Lodi Pride by contacting Paula Enger at paula@lodiaction.org or 608-334-7976
  • Individuals can get a Lodi Pride yard sign by stopping by the School District Office and purchasing one from the Lodi Athletic Boosters for $10.00

Read what Lodi Pride means to some of our Community members.


Lodi Pride Awards

The Lodi Community Action Team recognizes those groups and individuals who exhibit Lodi Pride while caring for the youth in Lodi.  Any community member can nominate individuals or organizations who they feel represent the values of Lodi Pride.  Pictured below are some of our past award winners.


Block Party Wagon

Lodi Pride Block Party Wagon by the Lodi Community Action Team

The Lodi Pride Block Party Wagon is free to use by anyone who lives in the School District of Lodi.   Host your own block party and get to know your neighbors while you show your Lodi Pride.  Everything you need for a party in included in the wagon and you get access to great discounts from local businesses for all your party needs.

 Find out more here.


The Real Happy Hour

Find out how you can spend quality time with your family while engaging in healthy behaviors. Do you want to spend more time with your family but aren't sure where to start or what to do? 

Click here for information about The Real Happy Hour and to access family activity challenge sheets for any season of the year. Make family playtime YOUR Real Happy Hour!


Parent Pledge

The “Parent Pledge” is a commitment from parents to their child and to other parents.  Parents agree that youth will not have access to alcohol or other drugs in their home and they welcome communication with other parents. 

The “Parent Pledge” allows parents to network with one another, closing the loopholes that allow youth to access alcohol without parental knowledge. Click here for more information and to take the "Parent Pledge!"


Alcohol Compliance Checks

“Increasing enforcement against retailers who sell to minors can have a substantial effect on alcohol sales to young people. Even moderate increases in enforcement can reduce sales to minors by as much as 35 to 40%, especially when combined with media and other community activities” 

Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility, National Research Council Institute of Medicine

Find out more

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Educate


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Drug Awareness


Resources

Is your child struggling with an addiction? Do you need help but aren't sure where to turn? Check out our Parent Resource Guide. There are several local and national resources listed that can help.

Here are some other great resources for parents and caregivers:

Local Municipality Websites:

Additionally, Columbia County has a Resource Guide, which is produced by Columbia County Health & Human Services.  Listed is everything from family resources to crisis programs to general county/city information.  Click here to view the Resource Guide.


Community Presentations & Town Hall Meetings

The Lodi Community Action Team hosts several community presentations throughout the year on a wide range of topics ranging from Drug Awareness to Adolescent Brain Development to Spiritual Wellness.  To find out about upcoming Community Presentations, visit our Events Page.

Town Hall Meetings are held periodically in order to bring our community to discuss issues, concerns, goals, achievements and upcoming events.  This is a chance for organizations, businesses, and individuals to come together and address the needs of our community.  When we schedule a Town Hall Meeting, it will be listed on our Events Page.


Youth Risk behavior Survey (YRBS)

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is administered every two years to grades 6 through 12 in the Lodi School District.  All school districts in Columbia County, as well as a majority of school districts around the state, participate in this survey.   The YRBS allows us to get insight into the behaviors and perceptions or our youth. This information is used by the Lodi Community Action Team and the School District of Lodi to develop programs and opportunities for our students and community to better understand and deal with the issues facing our teens.


Community Survey

In 2013, the first Community Survey was administered by the Lodi Community Action Team.   The survey was completed by over 600 individuals from around our community.  The Community Survey in conjunction with the YRBS allows us to have a better picture of the issues, perceptions and beliefs of both our students and community members.


Speakers Bureau

The LCAT Speakers Bureau has the ability to present on a wide range of topics for your group or organization.  Some of the topics are:

  • Youth Leadership
  • Drug Awareness
  • Beverage Server Training
  • Driver Training Talks
  • Other Topics

To book a speaker, please contact Paula Enger at 608-334-7976

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Empower


YOUTH FEEL EMPOWERED WHEN ADULTS LISTEN, WHEN THEY ARE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.  

YOUTH FEEL VALUED WHEN THEY ARE CONNECTED WITH OTHERS WHO SHARE THEIR VIEWS AND ARE GIVEN OPPORTUNITIES TO TRY NEW THINGS.  

LCAT WORKS TO BRING THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH TOGETHER TO CREATE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS THAT EMPOWER THE YOUTH TO SUCCEED.

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Empower


YOUTH FEEL EMPOWERED WHEN ADULTS LISTEN, WHEN THEY ARE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.  

YOUTH FEEL VALUED WHEN THEY ARE CONNECTED WITH OTHERS WHO SHARE THEIR VIEWS AND ARE GIVEN OPPORTUNITIES TO TRY NEW THINGS.  

LCAT WORKS TO BRING THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH TOGETHER TO CREATE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS THAT EMPOWER THE YOUTH TO SUCCEED.


Color Outside the Lines (COL)

Color Outside The Lines (COL) is an 6th-8th grade student leadership group whose focus is on promoting safer schools.  Each year, the new group of student leaders attend a retreat to brainstorm and plan for their initiatives for the coming year.  The focus must be on promoting connections within the grade level and the building.  

Some past projects have included planning an anti-bullying day, teaching students about the online bullying reporting system (Safe2Tell), teaching a lesson on being Above The Influence, acting as lunch buddies for younger grade students, and creating Valentines for every student in the building. 

For more information or to join COL, please contact:


High School Leadership Council

The High School Leadership Council is open to all students in Grades 9 - 12.  The group meets about once a month and plans activities such as a summer retreat to Devil's Lake, a fall leadership retreat, a food drive, and Sober Saturday Night events.  

For information, please contact the group's advisors below:

HS Youth Retreat 2015


PBIS

PBIS stands for "Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports." Every school in the School District of Lodi has a PBIS team that focuses on improving school culture and improving student behavior. The teams focus on building Lodi Pride across every grade in the district. Each building collects data about the student population in their school and then sets goals based on the needs established by the data that was collected. 

All schools have done lessons with students on bus riding expectations, as part of the Ride with Lodi Pride campaign. The middle and high schools have worked on lessons to teach about their electronics policies, as well as the tardy policy and dress code policy. Lastly, all four buildings have focused on improving hallway supervision in order to improve hallway behavior. This can also increase the number of positive interactions between students and staff as well. If you have questions about the PBIS initiatives in your child's building, please contact the building principal.


Columbia County Teen Court

Columbia County Teen Court is available to first-time youth offenders who are cited for minor infractions of the law.  Offenders who are referred to Teen Court do so on a voluntary basis.  Teen Court is for offenders who admit guilt and choose to go before their peers to be sentenced.  The Teen Court Peer Jury is composed of volunteer teenagers from middle schools and high schools throughout Columbia County.

The jury may impose a sentence that includes community service, verbal or written apologies, restitution, writing an essay, jury duties, and/or classes.  The jury cannot sentence any youth to a detention facility or jail. 

Benefits of Teen Court include a decision by a jury of peers, an opportunity to participate positively in the criminal justice system, and dismissal of the youth offenders' case from the regular court system.  

For more information on Teen Court, please contact: