EPIC - Early Prevention Impacts Community
Promoting healthy attitudes and behaviors of youth in Southeast Missouri.

EPIC to Offer Training in Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum

EPIC is very excited to be bringing Norma Meek in for a special Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum training. The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum fosters empathy and empowers young people with skills needed to effectively communicate and manage emotions by focusing on lessons in five units: Achieving Awareness, Finding Feelings, Encouraging Empathy, Cultivating Cooperation and Dealing with decisions. Students who have been through classes where the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum has been used have demonstrated higher levels of empathy and pro social behaviors as well as increased problem solving abilities. The curriculum has also been linked to bullying prevention and increased parent involvement.

EPIC has been using the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum in our EPIC Pals program and we love it! Mutt-i-grees® is great for after-school programs and library programs but it was originally designed to be used in the classroom setting in schools and it can be a wonderful addition to the classroom.

EPIC would like to invite you and staff from your school or organization to this training. The training is free and if your building principal or your program director or coordinator would like to get a free copy of the curriculum, they can do so here: http://education.muttigrees.org/signup

We will be hosting identical training sessions on Wednesday, August 27th and Thursday August 28th at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. On Wednesday, August 27th, there will be a training on how to implement the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum with elementary school aged students from 6:30-7:30pm and a training on how to implement the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum with high school aged students from 7:45-8:45pm. We will offer the exact same training the following morning, Thursday, August 28th with the elementary training from 9:00-10:00am and the high school training from 10:15-11:15am.

We hope that you will be able to come! All are welcome but RSVPs are appreciated by Wednesday, August 20th. When you RSVP, please let us know which session (date and time) you plan on attending.


The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum is available upon request by a principal from an accredited elementary/middle/high school or by the director/coordinator of a school-based Head Start, Pre-K or Afterschool program. Each school is eligible…

Off the Wall

Off the Wall final 2014


Thanks to everyone who helped make the first annual “Off the Wall” art auction a great success! Because of your help, we were able to raise almost $6,000 to help support EPIC’s prevention efforts in Cape Girardeau County.  There is no doubt this inaugural event was a success and we couldn’t have done it without all of our partners!  Thanks to all of the artists who donated work, all of our event sponsors, all of our dedicated volunteers, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri for all of their help planning and promoting the event and all of the rest of you who helped make this a success!  We appreciate your support!

Are you ready?



EPIC Pals Logo RGB small - CopyEPIC Pals relies on the human animal bond to create caring and confident kids.  The program takes place twice a week at which time, the young people in the program work through a lesson in the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum followed by a hands on dog training session.  During the training session, program participants work under the direction of an accomplished dog trainer to help teach dogs from local shelters basic obedience skills.  Class sizes are small and dogs in the program are carefully selected by workers at local shelters.  EPIC has been successful in placing dogs who are going through the EPIC Pals program in volunteer foster homes.  Fosters play a critical part in this program by providing a home for the dogs while they are going through the program and also by helping to reinforce the training lessons the young people and the dogs work on in class.  EPIC Pals is currently being offered to select groups on a referral only basis although we hope to make the program available to others soon.  If you are interested in fostering an EPIC Pals dog in the future or if you are interested in adopting one of the dogs who have gone through the program, please contact us.  Additionally, monetary donations and/or donations of leashes, collars, bowls or crates are always appreciated.  Contact us at 573-587-1921 or coordinator@epicprevention.org for more information.

EPIC Pals is a great program but it wouldn’t be possible without help.  Thanks to everyone who has helped make this project a success so far including: Missouri Foundation for Health, Missouri Division of Youth Services ECHO program, Cape Girardeau County Juvenile Office, ACT Missouri, Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Bollinger County Stray Project, Busch Pet Products, the EPIC Pals teacher, the EPIC Pals trainer, all of our dedicated volunteers including the EPIC Pals fosters and of course, all of the great kids and dogs who are participating in the program! IMG_1550

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Make sure to visit and “like” our Facebook page for more pictures and regular updates about the program!www.facebook.com/epicprevention




Its All In Your Hands


EPIC has partnered with a team of students from Southeast Missouri State University to develop the “It’s All in Your Hands – Prevent RX Drug Abuse” project.  The goal of this project is to reduce youth abuse of prescription and over the counter medications by educating people about prescription drug abuse and raising awareness of the need for safe disposal of these medications.

The students have created informational materials to raise awareness of the problem and to increase safe disposal by promoting the upcoming Prescription Drug Take Back Day as well as local Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Boxes.  There is currently a Drop Box at the Jackson City Police Department and one has been ordered for the Cape City Police Department as well.

Safe Disposal of Prescription Medications

The abuse and misuse of prescription and over the counter drugs is a dangerous trend. While prescription and over the counter medications can be beneficial when used appropriately, when abused, they can have serious consequences including death.


EPIC works to reduce the abuse and misuse of prescription and over the counter medications by helping to provide and promote opportunities for safe disposal of these drugs.  EPIC partners regularly with local police departments and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to host Prescription Drug Take Back Events. Prescription Drug Take Back Events are a great way to safely dispose of medications and these events are typically held locally once in the spring and once in the fall. The next Prescription Drug Take Back Event is scheduled for April 26th from 10am-2pm.  People may drop any unwanted medications off with the Cape Girardeau City Police on this date at the West Park Mall in the parking lot near Steak and Shake and in Jackson, medications may be dropped off with the Jackson City Police at the police/fire station in Jackson.  EPIC was recently able to purchase two permanent prescription drug drop boxes allowing people to drop off unneeded medications at any time in the boxes that are located at the Jackson and Cape Girardeau Police Departments.