Nicole Davies

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a Marine spouse and mother of three daughters, ages 16, 10, and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom most of their lives while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the past I have worked as a social worker for child welfare in the state of Pennsylvania. I have also taught preschool for ages 2.5 - 4. During my master’s program I interned as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adults, teens, and kids. My ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed therapist. Our family has lived in Onslow County for 10 of the last 15 years, which has given my children a stability that is rare among military families. While NC has been my home for several years now, I am still a Yankee at heart! I will always choose a Philly cheesesteak over a pulled-pork sandwich. In addition to taking care of my family and my educational pursuits, I enjoy traveling to destinations near and far; a novel in which I can get lost; and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.

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Lifeguards

What do you think of when you hear the word “lifeguard”?  Safety?  Help?  Security?  Necessity?  These are some of the words that come to mind when I think of a lifeguard.  Appropriately, these words also come to mind when I think about the LIFEguardä program that is making its way into Onslow County schools with the help of the Onslow Pregnancy Resource Center.

The LIFEguardä program began in Carteret County in 2002 as part of the healthy living curriculum for 9th graders.  It has since been approved for use with middle-school students as well.  The program is essentially a sexual health/healthy relationship program that aims to educate students on the physical, mental, and emotional facts and consequences about sex.  The primary goal of the program was originally to decrease the number of teen births in Carteret County, which is has done, but also to educate young people on choices about their sexual health and relationships.  Due to its success in Carteret County, it was brought to Onslow County in the hopes of seeing the same kind of success.

Currently, the LIFEguardä program is only beginning in Onslow County.  It has been implemented in a couple high schools with the hope of expanding to all nine Onslow County high schools as well as eventually the middle schools.  The beauty of the program, in my opinion, is that is isn’t a “just say no” program, and it isn’t just about sex.  It educates with facts but also teaches young people to make good decisions based on those facts as well as how to value themselves and recognize healthy relationships.  These are lessons that a person can use to be successful at any age or stage of life.  I, for one, can’t wait for this awesome program to make it to my kids’ schools.

For more information about the LIFEguardä program or the Onslow Pregnancy Resource Center, please click on the these links:

http://www.lifeguardprogram.org

http://onslowpregnancyresources.com


 

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