The community of Julian, California has embraced the CERT and TEEN CERT programs. We graduated members of the Venture Crew 42 last summer - 6 teens and 6 adult leaders. One of the teens had an opportunity to utilize her training when her younger brother broke his arm. Her mother was in transit to meet her father, (one of the adult leaders), at the airport, who was coming back from a meeting. When they arrived home they found that she had used a cereal box and duct tape to secure his arm. When the doctor asked where she learned this, she very proudly stated that she had just graduated from TEEN CERT! Naturally, we are extremely proud of our youth and our adult mentors.
We have taught over 1/3 of Julian Jr. High students the TEEN CERT program in a voluntary after school session – 36 of 90 enrolled. They participate in CERT training exercises and school emergency drills. Our last graduation on April 11th, the 6.8 earthquake scenario was held during a rain storm with hail and heavy winds. There was a unanimous vote to carry on since disasters happen in challenging weather.
Tiffany Espensen, “Piper” from Nickelodeon’s “Bucket and Skinner,” as well as co-starring in the current Easter movie, “HOP,” is an active Julian Jr. High’s TEEN CERT member. She will be a spokesperson for the TEEN CERT nationwide. You can view the video at www.juliancert.net.
Our first attempt in Julian High School, during physical education, was directed as mandatory, with 3 classes totaling 65 students out of the 162 enrolled. Volunteering to learn the program has proven to be far better for our community’s youth. When they volunteer, they buy into it, and then they own it from the beginning. We found that a few of the students who were required to attend started to actively participate in the second class.
It has been our experience that the Jr. High students have less stress than the High School age group. Starting the TEEN CERT program in Jr. High with continuing training throughout their high school years is beneficial. They build relationships with their club members and learn to trust and depend upon one another. This works in our area, and may be helpful to others.
We had the privilege of teaching the first TEEN CERT program to our San Diego County tribal neighbors at the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. If you would like to see the video go to www.ITLTRF.org and click on Outreach.
Julian is a remote and rural historical district that lost 700 homes, during the wildfires in 2003, and several more in 2007. These fires certainly brought the urgency of disaster preparedness to all of our community members. These events have encouraged training and teaching of the CERT program.
Whatever we can do to assist in getting TEEN CERT into your school districts, we certainly will. We can provide you with letters from school administrators, etc. In addition to teaching the programs, we teach the Train-The-Trainer course. The TEEN CERT disc has the necessary paperwork, i.e. parental consent, parent and student pre and post survey, etc. We found that patience is helpful. We have been invited to various schools Health and Safety EXPO’s on several occasions to introduce the program.
We have taught TEEN CERT trainers from Arkansas, Montana, Santa Rosa, Santa Barbara, Apple Valley, Beaumont, Riverside, as well as San Diego County. Many of these trainers have started their TEEN CERT programs.
We were invited to teach at YWAM, (Youth With A Mission), the first CERT and Train-The-Trainer programs in Mexico in January. YWAM has 1800 agencies, internationally, with 20,000 staff members and thousands of volunteers who build homes for families in need. One of the trainers is taking the CERT programs to these various international agencies. She, along with two other trainers has already started at the YWAM in Ensenada, Mexico and graduated their first class in March.
Yesterday we were invited to teach the TEEN CERT program to the Boys and Girls club in Mecca, CA. next month. We are looking forward to it. In addition, they have requested the four day Train-The-Trainer course so they can have their own trainers. This combination works very well.
We will be happy to connect you with one of the trainers or make ourselves available to you. Let us know how we can help – Call us if you like – Diane Hake, KJ6HXR, Program Manager/TTT Instructor 760-310-0976 or Johnny Hake, KJ6HXS, Coordinator/TTT Instructor, 760-310-0206, or email us at certjulian@«hidden»