Along with cultural competency, sustainability is an integral part of the entire SPF process. Sustainability is the ability of a prevention strategy to carry on into the foreseeable future. Often times prevention efforts come and go at the mercy of grant cycles. The SPF process was designed to avoid this kind of short-lived prevention strategy and thus focuses heavily on building strategies that become sustainable parts of a community's future.
Building sustainable prevention strategies involves building long-lasting prevention infrastructure, skills, and capacity. In order to do this, community-wide collaboration is often necessary as sharing resources and knowledge across many organizations and sectors creates the kind of infrastructure that can withstand the changes that may occur in any one of its many interrelated working parts. The SPF process has built this priority for sustainability into the prevention approach, by focusing on capacity building, collaboration, and evaluation. Using these powerful tools, communities can identify the prevention efforts that are obtaining the best results (evaluation), continue to develop and build on their prevention knowledge and resources (capacity building), and share these resources across sectors (collaboration).
Matt's collaboration with experts that have spent their lifetimes studying and addressing specific impacts trauma has on communities of color has yielded many insights and practical steps and tools to reduce the trauma that individuals and communities of color. Matt will share those that have helped men and boys of color and their loved ones heal from their invisible wounds as well as to help the community heal as well. In 2016, Matt spearheaded the Black Men and Boys Healing Summit.
iChooseMe: This training will provide the participant with information on drug awareness, a half-page picture book, that provides information about illicit drugs and side effects of use. Each page mentions a protective factor that can reduce the potential for substance abuse and misuse.
Know More: Underage Drinking Prevention: This training will provide the participant with a presentation they can use to inform middle school and high school youth about underage drinking and its risks and consequences, along with refusal skills. Portions of this presentation can also be shared with parents/guardians.