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Majken Peterzen

 

D. Majken Peterzen. Tallahasseean D. Mäjken Peterzen has been in the field of substance abuse prevention for 25 years. She has been a prevention trainer and community development specialist for the past 20 years. She has authored several educational/training curricula and manuals including: ten,nine,eight....social marketing for community based organizations; Florida: In Action, community development training course; Écouter...the art of listening (community assessment and education guide); Training Of Trainers for youth leaders; as well as Youth: In Charge...youth leadership curricula for youth and adults together. She has served as a FAVACA consultant in Barbados, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

 

Projects:

GRENADA HOSTS SIXTH OPERATION SAFE SUMMER.  As part of a collaboration that dates back to 1999, FAVACA supported Operation Safe Summer in Grenada for the sixth year.  The annual youth leadership training program is organized locally by the Drug Control Secretariat (DCS) of the Ministry of Education.  This year the sessions were co-directed by DCS staff Dave Alexander and Terence Walters. FAVACA volunteer-consultants Majken Peterzen, Tallahassee and Terry Allen Jones, Clearwater, provided training for twenty teachers.  The team took their show on the road, traveling from St. George's, Grenada, to the island of Carriacou to train 15 youth leaders from secondary schools in both sites.  Peterzen and Jones traveled July 3-17, 2005.  Topics covered during the sessions included conflict resolution, anger management, communication, leadership skills and drug abuse.  Jones is an actor and educator and works as an independent consultant through his company, Creating Alternative Thinking Through Theater. 

DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION FOLLOW UP FOR ST. VINCENT.  Veteran volunteer Majken Peterzen, Tallahassee, returned to St. Vincent June 23-25, 2004, to provide follow-up with local partners Marion House and other community groups on using service learning as a positive activity for youth.  The project has made significant strides over the past three years and grew out of a regional youth drug abuse prevention activity.  This project was funded in part by the INL Office of the US Embassy - Barbados.

NEVIS USES ORAL HISTORY PROJECT AS SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY.  Veteran volunteer Majken Peterzen, Tallahassee, returned to Nevis June 21-23, 2004, to provide follow-up with community groups on the oral history project as a service learning/positive activity for youth.  The project has made significant strides over the past three years and grew out of a youth drug abuse prevention activity.  Along with local educators Peterzen has brought together members of the community and the National Archives to involve youth in preserving a piece of the island nation's history and culture.  This project was funded in part by the INL Office of the US Embassy - Barbados.

ORAL HISTORY FOLLOW-UP ST. KITTS & NEVIS.  At the invitation of National Council on Drug Abuse Prevention Executive Secretary Patrick Prince volunteer Majken Peterzen, Tallahassee, returned to St. Kitts & Nevis to provide follow-up training on the oral history project.  Peterzen reconnected with teachers and youth leaders to check on their progress and help them with the final phases of the project.  The project seeks to preserve a part of the island federation's history while also providing a positive outlet for youth in a service learning context.  Peterzen worked in St. Kitts and Nevis April 25-30, 2004.  Funding for this project was provided in part by the INL Office of the US Embassy - Barbados.

INTERACTIVE ANTI-DRUG CAMPS, VOLUNTEER MOTIVATION GOALS OF TRAINING IN BARBADOS.  Barbados National Council on Substance Abuse Manager Tessa Chaderton-Shaw continues to seek new and innovative ways to combat drug abuse and educate youth on the dangers of drugs.  Chaderton-Shaw requested a FAVACA volunteer to enhance their own training for new volunteers and to help a variety of groups prepare for youth summer camps.  Multi-talented veteran volunteer Majken Peterzen, Tallahassee, responded during a trip to Barbados April 21-25, 2004.  The first session focussed on motivating and preparing 25 new NCSA volunteers for work in the community.  The second session was aimed at helping prepare 26 camp coordinators for upcoming summer sessions and improving their camp management skills.  This project was supported in part by the INL Office of the US Embassy - Barbados.

PLANNING FOR ST LUCIA YOUTH, DRUG ABUSE PROGRAMS.  Prevention specialist Majken Peterzen, Tallahassee, continued her work with youth-serving agencies December 2-5, 2003, in Castries to develop goals and further strategic planning.  Meetings were held with youth-serving agency staff in anticipation of development of a youth media project forecast for 2004 to be funded by the US Embassy - Barbados. Ms. Peterzen also met with funding agency representative Gordon Stirling in Barbados.  Funding for this project was provided in part by the INL Office of the US Embassy - Barbados.

NETWORKING SKILLS DEVELOPED FOR ST LUCIA YOUTH, DRUG ABUSE PROGRAMS.  Florida prevention specialists Majken Peterzen, Tallahassee, and Jennifer Townsend, Port St. Lucie, worked with staff of youth-serving agencies October 27-30, 2003, in Castries to strengthen network-building, goal-setting and strategic planning.  The National Drug Council, Office of Olympics and Sports, Police and DARE Officers, Ministry of Youth and citizens took part in the sessions.  The consultations were in anticipation of development of a youth media project forecast for 2004 to be funded by the US Embassy - Barbados.  Funding for this project was provided in part by the INL Office of the US Embassy - Barbados.

NETWORKING EXPLORED FOR VINCENTIAN YOUTH, DRUG ABUSE PROGRAMS.  Florida prevention specialists Majken Peterzen, Tallahassee, and Jennifer Townsend, Port St. Lucie, consulted with police DARE program staff, church leaders and PTA members October 30-31, 2003, in Kingstown to explore network-building among a larger population than simply traditional youth-serving agencies.  Funding for this project was provided in part by the INL Office of the US Embassy - Barbados.

GRENADA DEVELOPMENT MISSION STRENGTHENS PARTNERSHIPS.  The FAVA/CA team of Majken Peterzen, Demian Pasquarelli and Dave Schmeling traveled to Grenada September 5-6, 2002 on a development mission. The team met with Drug Abuse prevention partners Dave Alexander and Terence Walters in the Ministry of Education (MOE) to discuss 2003 projects.  They also briefed MOE Permanent Secretary Crispin Frederick and met Carla St. Louis, Early Childhood Education Officer, MOE to offer training. Cable and Wireless staff Hazle Bierzynski was approached to support the summer 2003 training and restaurateurs and caterer Diana Hercules was recruited to sponsor a reception to gather support for the 2003 summer event.  Nadia Tangour, Chargé at the US Embassy - Grenada was briefed on the success of the drug projects and offered to host another reception to garner support for the summer program.  She offered to contact the US Embassy in Barbados to support additional funds for Grenada activities.

ST. KITTS & NEVIS GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, STUDENTS, ADAPT COMMUNITY SERVICE ORIENTATION. Tallahassee lead volunteer Majken Peterzen, with Tangerine Florida service learning consultant Evelyn Robinson and student trainer-consultants Jennifer Creson,  Clermont; Leanne Mohadeo, Monteverde; and Layne Pachico, Groveland, trained 44 guidance teachers and students in St. Kitts and Nevis February 16-23, 2003, as part of a national drug abuse prevention initiative.  The focus of the consultation was to incorporate service learning concepts in high school curricula.  Additionally the team worked with students from selected high schools (blending low and high risk students) on the implementation of community service projects.  The team collaborated with Patrick Prince, PhD, executive secretary,  National Council on Drug Abuse Prevention within the Office of the Prime Minister.  Funding for this project was provided in part by the INL Office of the US Embassy - Barbados.

ST. KITTS & NEVIS TEACHERS, STUDENTS, PARENTS TACKLE DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION. Private consultant lead volunteers Majken Peterzen, Tallahassee, and Terry Allen Jones, Viera, returned to St. Kitts and Nevis January 27-February 1, 2003, to set the stage for a three-pronged national drug abuse prevention initiative.  The project involves training in "Learn and Serve" philosophy for school personnel, "Students in Community Service" for students, and an oral history project for adults and students. Peterzen and Jones worked closely with Patrick Prince, PhD, executive secretary, National Council on Drug Abuse Prevention within the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Culture, and the Office of Returning Nationals.

ST. KITTS & NEVIS PILOT COMMUNITIES MOBILIZE FOR DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION.  Private consultants Majken Peterzen, Tallahassee, and Terry Allen Jones, Viera, lead volunteers on a U.S. Embassy Barbados-funded project returned to St. Kitts and Nevis September 26 - October 6, 2002.  Activities included implementation of a community-based assessment, capacity-building and planning exercises in two targeted communities.  As well, they focused on creation of a culturally significant and historical publication of interviews/photos/sketches of elders in the Federation.  Peterzen and Jones worked closely with Patrick Prince, PhD, executive secretary, National Council on Drug Abuse Prevention within the Office of the Prime Minister and consulted with 65 stakeholders and community members.

ST. KITTS & NEVIS COMMUNITIES MOBILIZED FOR SUSTAINABLE SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION - PHASE ONE.  Corps volunteers and private prevention and youth development consultants Majken Peterzen and Terry Jones, along with state service learning experts Bruce Manciagli and Joe Follman worked with St. Kitts and Nevis National Drug Abuse Prevention Council Executive Director Dr. Patrick Prince June 20-28, 2002, in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Charlestown, Nevis to mobilize communities against drugs.  Training teachers, parents, law enforcement personnel, the business community and youth, the team focused on empowering young people to act responsibly to make a difference in their communities.  Workshops included needs assessment, awareness campaigns, volunteerism, and how to become sustainable. Two additional phases are planned for September and December.  This project is supported by the Narcotics Affairs Section of the US Embassy - Bridgetown, Barbados.

ST. LUCIA AND ST. VINCENT DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION ASSESSMENTS FOR SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS FUNDED BY U.S. EMBASSY IN BARBADOS COMPLETED.  Late last year FAVACA submitted a proposal to the Bureau of International Narcotics Law Enforcement (INL) within the U.S. Embassy in Barbados for funding of a three year program focusing on drug abuse prevention methods particularly for youth focusing on current programs in place and brainstorming to implement other useful programs in St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.  Majken Peterzen and Terry Allen Jones of the Florida Prevention Association (FPA) in Tallahassee conducted assessments in St. Kitts January 14-18, 2002. Peterzen conducted assessments in St. Lucia and St. Vincent and traveled to Barbados for a briefing with Brett Mattei at the U.S. Embassy February 24-March 7, 2002.

ST. LUCIA AND ST. VINCENT DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION ASSESSMENTS FOR SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS FUNDED BY U.S. EMBASSY IN BARBADOS COMPLETED.  Late last year FAVA/CA submitted a proposal to the International Narcotics League within the U.S. Embassy in Barbados for funding of a three year program focusing on drug abuse prevention methods particularly for youth focusing on current programs in place and brainstorming to implement other useful programs in St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.  Majken Peterzen and Terry Allen Jones of the Florida Prevention Association (FPA) in Tallahassee conducted assessments in St. Kitts January 14-18, 2002. Peterzen conducted assessments in St. Lucia and St. Vincent and traveled to Barbados for a briefing with Brett Mattei at the U.S. Embassy February 24-March 7, 2002.

ST. LUCIA AND ST. VINCENT DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION ASSESSMENTS FOR SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS FUNDED BY U.S. EMBASSY IN BARBADOS COMPLETED.  Late last year FAVA/CA submitted a proposal to the International Narcotics League within the U.S. Embassy in Barbados for funding of a three year program focusing on drug abuse prevention methods particularly for youth focusing on current programs in place and brainstorming to implement other useful programs in St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.  Majken Peterzen and Terry Allen Jones of the Florida Prevention Association (FPA) in Tallahassee conducted assessments in St. Kitts January 14-18, 2002. Peterzen conducted assessments in St. Lucia and St. Vincent and traveled to Barbados for a briefing with Brett Mattei at the U.S. Embassy February 24-March 7, 2002.

ST. KITTS & NEVIS DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION PLAN TAKES SHAPE Late last year FAVA/CA submitted a successful proposal to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados for funding of a three-country planning activity focusing on drug abuse prevention methods particularly for youth. The planning focuses on current programs and brainstorming to implement other useful programs in St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and St. Lucia.  Majken Peterzen and Terry Allen Jones of the Florida Prevention Association (FPA) in Tallahassee traveled to St. Kitts January 14-18, 2002, to conduct the assessments. Peterzen and Jones worked closely with Patrick Prince, PhD, executive secretary, National Council on Drug Abuse Prevention within the Office of the Prime Minister.

DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION TRAINING PLANNED FOR ST.KITTS, ST. LUCIA AND ST.VINCENT.  FAVA/CA volunteer Ms. Majken Peterzen with Dave Schmeling and FAVA/CA board president-elect Jeff Sharkey conducted meetings in Bridgetown Barbados November 12-15, 2001 to secure additional funding for a FAVA/CA multi-nation joint drug abuse prevention training activity to be fielded in summer 2002.  The US Embassy - Barbados (Narcotics Affairs Section) as a result of the visit, has agreed to cost-share training expenses with FAVA/CA and the host countries.  A $25,000 planning grant to FAVA/CA provides travel expenses for its volunteer-consultant advance team to meet with national drug abuse prevention interests in the target countries.  It is hoped that three additional US Embassy grants of $25,000 will be approved for training in St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines on the strength of the plans developed during this round.  Ms. Peterzen, a twenty-year veteran of drug abuse prevention training in Florida also hopes to help develop a regional youth network in the Eastern Caribbean, based on local interests.  Grenada, a perennial drug abuse prevention partner of FAVA/CA and the US Embassy, also will be included in the planning.

GRENADA YOUTH TAKE PART IN DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES. Terrence Walters, Drug Avoidance Officer with the Grenada National Drug Avoidance Secretariat, requested FAVA/CA volunteers to deliver two simultaneous training events in drug abuse prevention July 14-22, 2001. Volunteers Marcia Brown and Sandra Dietel of Gainesville's Hippodrome State Theatre conducted HITT, an improvisational youth theatre to explore ideas, build self esteem, and develop skills to make positive life choices. Volunteers Majken Peterzen, Rebecca Weaver, Christopher Gosier, Olushola Olorunnipa, Kendrick Donnelly, and Terry Allen Jones of the Florida Prevention Association (FPA) in Tallahassee, provided hands-on training for youth using popular music and dance as motivational elements in conducting demand reduction activities including: community survey and visioning, advocacy, recruiting, mentoring, and team-building. These events were supported in part by the United States Embassy - Barbados.

 

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