What is Sources of Strength?
Sources of Strength is a peer leadership program where peer leaders and adult advisors are trained to design and share Hope, Help, and Strength-based messages with other youth in the community. The program aims to prevent suicide, bullying, and substance use by promoting help seeking behaviors and developing relationships with trusted adults.
What’s New at Howard County SOS
2021-2022 School Year Recruitment!
Howard County Sources of Strength is recruiting student Peer Leaders and Adult Advisors for the 2021-2022 school year. Recruitment will close on October 8th. Interested students can fill out the Recruitment Packet and send the completed forms to Leah Bulka at email@example.com.
Check out the Spring Newsletter to learn more about the What Helps Me Campaign and the activities Peer Leaders participated in during the spring semester! You can find the SOS Newsletter Spring 2021 edition here.
Community Sharing Session: What Helps Me
Howard County Sources of Strength hosted a Community Sharing Session on April 21st to provide an opportunity for adults and youth to share stories of strength, coping, and resilience.
Peer Leaders, Hashini and Jasmine, shared their story of connection and strength that helped them persevere during COVID-19. You can watch them in action in the clip below!
Teen Health Matters Podcast
Student interns hosted two new editions of the Teen Health Matters Podcast during the 2020-2021 school year. In the fall installment titled “Keeping Connections,” student hosts interviewed peers and staff about ways to maintain social connections while physically distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the winter installment, our student interns spoke with a UMD freshman and the Assistant Director of Student Support Services at Howard Community College about the unique challenge of transitioning to college during COVID-19. Listen to both editions of the podcast on Dragon Digital Radio or on Teen Health Matters!
Student interns and members of the Sources of Strength Communications Crew collaborated on a December 2020 Newsletter to update parents, peers, and the wider community on program activities.
The 2020-2021 Sources of Strength program launched on October 14th with an interactive, virtual training hosted by the national Sources of Strength training team.
Following the training, Bureau of Behavioral Health staff and student interns put together drawstring bags for Sources of Strength Peer Leaders comprised of mental health resources, snacks and candy, and Sources of Strength campaign materials. These bags were distributed to Sources of Strength participants throughout the month of October.