Street Interviews: Juvenile Drug Program (of SENAB)
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Southeast Neighborhood Action Board, Inc. (Washington, D.C.)
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
2 open reel 1/2 inch video recording
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Title created by ACMA staff from title and interview location transcribed from physical asset.
The Anacostia Juvenile Program is a drug treatment center for youth in the Anacostia area. It is officially labeled a "drug abstainance" program and therefore uses no drugs. This contrasts with its adult counterpart, the Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Center, which is a methadone maintenance program funded by the Narcotics Treatment Administration. Both programs are more or less governed by SENAB (Southeast Neighborhood Action Board). [Drug Abuse Council, Inc. (1974, June). Students Speak on Drugs: The High School Student Project. Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED110868 ]
The collection, Street Interviews, contains a series of interviews conducted with locals at various locations around Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia neighborhood between April 3 and July 27, 1972. The five areas of focus for the street interviews include housing, unemployment, education, crime, and drugs. Interviews were conducted by James Campbell with Vilma Beraroucci running the camera. Most of the interviews were transferred to VHS in August 1990.
James Campbell interviews Director of the Program Ferdinand Jones, Counselor Frank Daniel, and Acting Assistant Therapist Cela Pointer. The staff speaks about the Juvenile Drug Program for ages 13 to 18 in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The program's goal is to reassociate juveniles in a direction for their future through therapy, behavior modification, education, and recreation; and to provide an opportunity for juveniles to know someone cares for them. The staff also discusses drug use and abuse in Anacostia; the relationship between police officers and drug users; advice to improve relationships between parents and juvenile; the effects of drug use on home life; stereotypical views of drugs by community, family, and police; and ideas for what can be done about resolving drug use and addiction. They also discuss their thoughts on methadone use and abuse, particularly as further exploitation of black communities resulting in further addiction and increase of infant deaths. The staff interviews are followed by a series of short clips of people, including juveniles, speaking about methadone use and methadone maintenance programs.
Interviews. Part of Street Interviews. AV003172: Part 1. AV003216: Part 2. Dated 19720726.
Street Interviews: Juvenile Drug Program (of SENAB), Record Group 09-024, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
African American neighborhoods
African American youth
Parent and child
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