Four pillars provide a foundation for HYPE members to learn and grow upon as leaders: communication, commitment, passion, and courage. All of these attributes are key to developing well-rounded individuals who possess strong character and serve as positive ambassadors for the Hancock County community.
Activities focused on communication, commitment, passion, and courage – four of HYPE’s pillars-to empower the kids with skills needed to successfully navigate life as a middle school student. We talked about what it means to be part of the Hancock County community, and how powerful an impact these students have on setting strong examples for their peers and affecting positive change. We had such an amazing day, and can’t wait for next year! □ #believethehype
The first annual HYPE Recruitment Day was held on July 21st, 2020, at St. Clare Catholic Church. Rising 9th and 10th graders from all four high schools in Hancock County were in attendance. Students were guided through activities that focused on how to serve their communities as positive, committed, and active leaders. They participated in team building and character projects, in addition to enjoying a seminar by Dr. Raymunda Barnes, Assistant Vice President of Pearl River Community College □ It was an awesome experience, we had the best time with this group and look forward to next year’s event! □□ #believethehype
A key element of a positive norming campaign is exploring misconceptions of norms (expectations for how people in our community behave). This is a perfect example of how perceptions do not always match reality - in a positive way! We asked students at the 2020 HYPE Leadership Day to complete a five question paper survey, with one of the questions stating "How often do you think high school kids drink?" The options offered were 'every day', 'every week', 'every month', and 'never'. Leadership Day participants are middle schoolers, and we wanted to gauge what they believe high schoolers are doing vs. what the high schoolers themselves indicated on the Core Measure Survey from January. It helps shed light on how we can work to prevent underage drinking, and this exercise yielded positive results - far fewer high schoolers in Hancock County are drinking as often, or at ALL, as the Leadership Day students thought. #believethehype!
Continuing results from the 2020 HYPE Leadership Day paper survey: once again, perceptions did not match reality - in a positive way! Another survey question posed was "Where do you think kids get alcohol?" The answer was open ended, but all responses fell into similar categories as offered during the Core Measure Survey that Hancock County high schoolers took in January of this year. Every single middle school perception was higher than the reality indicated by high school students - not only did Monday's graph show that fewer high school students are drinking, this result demonstrates that access is not nearly as prevalent as Leadership Day participants thought. #believethehype!