EPIC is primarily made up of volunteers in the community who are committed to reducing youth substance abuse. EPIC staff and volunteers work on a variety of prevention projects and programs including Breakthrough Breakfasts (our popular, quarterly educational series), media campaigns, youth events and our EPIC Pals program.
EPIC Pals is a relatively new program that relies on the human animal bond to build qualities in young people like compassion, commitment to service and empathy to name a few. Currently the program is offered to young people who are referred from the Missouri Division of Youth Services. A group facilitator leads these young people through lessons in an animal centered curriculum as well as lessons in training dogs using force free, positive reinforcement methods. Program participants are then paired with dogs and they work to teach them basic obedience skills using the positive reinforcement methods they are learning about. EPIC relies on community members to serve as volunteers for EPIC Pals and to enroll newly adopted dogs into the program or foster dogs from local shelters or rescues while they complete the program.
Please contact us if you would like to learn more about EPIC Pals or any of our other projects!