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    Our Teens are Doing Great Things!

    May 13, 2016 5:03 pm

    Personal and Family Counseling Services' (PFCS) Youth-Led Prevention Program is designed to engage and embrace young people as partners in their own personal development, teaching them to make healthy lifestyle choices, providing a no-use message against all substances, and involving adults in a guiding and supporting role. In this unique model, students play an active role in planning, implementing and evaluating school-wide substance abuse prevention initiatives. The 2015-2016 school year has been a busy one for our Tuscarawas and Carroll County Youth-Led Prevention groups. Our groups participated in the National Youth to Youth Conference; Red Ribbon Week; National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week; Kick Butts Day; We Are the Majority Rally; and the Nordonia Teen Institute Retreat. Additionally, as part of youth-led prevention, a Youth Advisory Board (YAB) was created to act as a connector for all of the school districts. The board provides the opportunity for brainstorming, training and networking to the students who are leaders in their respective youth-led prevention groups. Currently, approximately 23 students serve on the board, meeting monthly to focus on strategic planning and implementation of activities to effect change in substance use and other behavioral health issues among youth in their communities. This year, the Youth Advisory Board has had the opportunity to develop relationships with civic and government leaders, and have partnered with the Anti-Drug Coalitions of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. We are incredibly grateful to all of our community partners and our donors who supported our youth-led prevention efforts this year! We are changing lives and our communities with the help of your generosity, kindness and compassion. Want to learn more about the youth-led prevention movement in Tuscarawas and Carroll County? Visit and check out our Youth 2 Youth Newsletter. Want to be involved in youth-led prevention? Please contact Jodi Salvo, PFCS Prevention Services Coordinator, at

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    Youth-Led Prevention Teens Donate Easter Baskets to PFCS

    March 30, 2016 3:24 pm

    New Philadelphia City Schools' Youth-Led Prevention program donated Easter baskets to the children and families we serve. Read the full article in The Times-Reporter!

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    Youth-Led Prevention Group Participates in Kick Butts Day!

    March 18, 2016 6:32 pm

    Tuscarawas Valley High School's Youth-2-Youth group spread awareness about the dangers of tobacco use on Kick Butts Day 2016 with a demonstration about the number of lives lost to tobacco-related causes. Read the full article in The Times Reporter!

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    PFCS Staff Raises Concerns to Proposed Legislation

    February 8, 2016 4:11 pm

    Jodi Salvo, PFCS Takin it to the Schools and Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition Coordinator, joins Tuscarawas County Commissioners in voicing concerns to the proposed legislation that would raise the maximum alcohol content of beer from to 12 percent to 21 percent in Ohio. Read the full article in the Canton Repository.

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    PFCS Youth Led Prevention Groups “Shatter the Myths” of Drug Use

    January 29, 2016 2:56 pm

    January 25-31, 2016 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (#NDAFW), and PFCS' Youth Led Prevention Groups in our community schools have been helping to "Shatter the Myths" of drug and alcohol use for their peers. Read the article in the Times Reporter and Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter to learn more about PFCS and #NDAFW!

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    PFCS 7th Annual Masquerade Ball is a Success!

    January 27, 2016 5:10 pm

    PFCS hosted their seventh annual Masquerade Ball on January 23, 2016 to raise funds for the children and families PFCS serves. Over 150 guests attended the Masquerade Ball, held at the Union Country Club in Dover, Ohio, and enjoyed an evening of elegance and mystery, a delicious dinner, raffles and dancing. “We raised more than we ever have, and we are so grateful for the generosity of our attendees and sponsors,” says Pam Trimmer, Executive Director, PFCS. “Our guests not only enjoyed great food and music; they also had the privilege of knowing that they are making a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve!”

  • Board-News

    PFCS Executive Director Appointed to Community Corrections Planning Board

    January 21, 2016 8:04 pm

    We are pleased to announce that the Tuscarawas County Commissioners have appointed Pam Trimmer, PFCS Executive Director, to the Community Corrections Planning Board for a two-year term. She will join the other members of the board in creating plans to ensure the Tuscarawas community has a continuum of services to help reduce crime and become innovative in addressing the specific issues, such as overcrowding jails, re-entry programs, special docket courts, and more. Go here to learn more.    

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    Harbor House Provides Safe Haven for Domestic Violence Victims

    January 8, 2016 7:24 pm

    In the days following the tragic, domestic violence murder in Canton, Ohio, Times News Reporter highlights PFCS’ Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter as a safe haven to  women and children who are victims of domestic violence and a means of preventing these tragedies from occurring in the future. Go here to read the full article.

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    WJER Features PFCS During National Family Month

    December 9, 2015 7:28 pm

    WJER, Tuscarawas County's local news radio station, featured Star Jones, Personal and Family Counseling Services' Program Manager, during National Family Month. Star talks about the importance of spending quality time with one's family and how this strengthens relationships and ultimately the community. Go here to listen to segment.

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    Social Workers Discuss Concerns About Issue 3

    October 18, 2015 7:05 pm

    The Times Reporter takes an in-depth look at Issue 3 and local law enforcement and social workers share their concerns. Go here to learn more and read the full article.

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