Partnering w/ Youth Organizations / Clubhouses, Schools & Institutions
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Road Recovery’s action-driven VirtualTrax Program was created to meet the needs of our amazing youth and young adults who have found themselves stuck in isolation and cut off from their support networks. VirtualTrax combines key program elements, goals and benefits from Road Recovery’s long-running Trax Program.
During this Covid-19 pandemic when our youth are at higher risk of alcohol/substance abuse and risky behavior, Road Recovery developed mitigating strategies by partnering with World Wide Technology to build a customized Cisco Webex platform with end-to-end encrypted security for virtual webcasting suites. Through this crisis, Road Recovery has been able to ‘stay connected’ each week with youth through multiple virtual peer support ‘check-in’ meetings and creative workshops that provide educational and enriching teaching moments for youth that engage VirtualTrax Programs.
Road Recovery’s staff and youth collaborate in a positive way through the process of creating, planning, and producing a series of short video clips, and by achieving specific weekly creative goals, everyone involved is proud to share their creative work and voices across social media platforms that are amplified through the circularity of promotion from the online platforms of Road Recovery and partnering agencies, schools and/or institutions.
VirtualTrax is tailored to meet the needs and goals set by each hosting organization and is built upon a working partnership between each organization’s staff and Road Recovery’s entertainment industry professionals who share their life experiences, knowledge, and resources with youth and young adults.
For instituting Virtual Trax Programs, Road Recovery is now able to partner with public and private/charter schools, residential treatment institutions, community-based organizations and Youth Clubhouses working with at-risk youth and young adults. Road Recovery provides multi-week, seasonal cycles of VirtualTrax to reach set goals and objectives. In order to meet the needs and goals set by each partnering organization or institution, Road Recovery works closely with their staff who provide multi-level adult support and supervision.
What Road Recovery has learned is to meet young people where they are at. For some young people, coming together in a virtual space is fun, but for others, working in small online groups, one-on-one, or individually offline with staff they know and trust creates a safe environment for participation.