Education

ALL STARS

The Project All Stars (Building Bright Futures) core program is a curriculum designed for middle school youth which focuses on normative education and character development, particularly as they relate to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, early initiation of sexual behavior, and violence-related behaviors. It promotes idealism, belief in the future, adopting a healthy lifestyle by becoming self-sufficient, developing lasting and fulfilling relationships and contributing to the community. All Stars has been designated as a level III evidence based model program by both state and federal authorities.

BCADAD has trained prevention staff in other nationally recognized curriculums, such as:  a.) PYLI (Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute) b.) TNT (Toward No Tobacco Use) c.) Project ALERT d.) Middle School FAST (Families and Schools Together)

WISE GUYS

Wise Guys is a six session, school-based program which uses sports activities as learning opportunities. Based on the concept of "Sports and the Law", this program addresses the need for rules, consequences, and teamwork.  It explores and promotes both effective leadership and good sportsmanship, and correlates these concepts to everyday life situations. [Developed for youth males in grades 3-12]

GIRL POWER

G.I.R.L. (Gifted, Intelligent, Responsible Ladies) Power is a six-seven session program developed in order to help girls/young ladies to develop positive social skills.  The lessons emphasize respect for self and others, handling peer pressure, manners and being comfortable in your own skin. Skills covered in this curriculum address anti-social behavior, low self-efficacy, and inadequate life skills. [Developed for young girls in grades 4-12]

With increasing requests for the G.I.R.L. Power program within the community and faith-based sector, the BCADAD Prevention staff has developed a supplementary G.I.R.L. Power presentation.  This presentation highlights the core components/lessons of the 6-7 week program and provides a supplement to existing girls' groups/organizations.  The supplement allows for community and faith-based organizations, which may not have the time and access to the girls as does a school setting, to utilize this curriculum.

CHILL SKILLS

Chill Skills is a series of anger management lessons which can be conducted into regular classroom settings both during the school day or in an after school format. The program can be implemented in one to three sessions. By addressing anger management, individuals will begin to develop and practice using conflict resolution skills.  It offers the alternative of making healthy choices and considering consequences when dealing with peer pressure, anger management, decision making and self-awareness. [Two versions are now available - Elementary School (grades 3-5) or Middle School (grades 6-8)] 

HOMEWORK HELPERS

Homework Helpers is a six session, school-based program which addresses the development of organizational skills and promotes an increase in perceptions of personal responsibility on the part of elementary school children. Weekly sessions focus improving listening skills, practicing memory games and brainteasers, formulating daily routines around study skills, and basic communication skills. [Developed for grades 3-5]

“TEACH-IN" LESSONS

Lessons established by Scholastic, Inc and SAMSHA as national lesson plans for 5th & 6th graders.

  • “The Alcohol Lesson” (2006) focuses on alcohol products, the media, advertising and role-playing with emphasis on the five ways to say “No”. (30-45 minutes)
  • “The Marijuana Lesson” (2007) focuses on the harmful effects of marijuana on the mind and body while exploring myths verses facts. (30-45 minutes)

 [Note:  Also available, yet established by BCADAD]

  • “The Tobacco/Media Literacy Lesson” focuses on tobacco products, the media and advertising while exploring the harmful and negative effects of smoking.(30-45 minutes)  

SKUNK/DRUG FUED....

Exploring the issues of risk taking behavior and life choices made by individuals.  Drug Fued uses a question and answer game format to correct misinformation regarding the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

USE YOUR NOODLE...                                                                                    

Combining brain power (noodle) with actual swimming pool noodles, participants are guided through a variety of team building activities, which explore leadership and problem solving themes for groups.  Prevention staff have been able to implement upwards of 20-related activities in which participants (young and old) can experience and develop teambuilding, leadership, communication and decision making skills.

FAMILY DRAMA...

("Out of Order Family") Explore the roles within dysfunctional families; the 3 Rules and 3 C's; spoken vs. unspoken rules, and the age of first sip, drink and drunken experience. (30-45 min.)

FETAL ALCOHOL EFFECTS / FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME

The Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE) / Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) presentation focuses on the effects and results of physical and mental birth defects resulting from the intake of alcohol and drugs during pregnancy (45-60 min.)

D.U.I. EXPERIENCE

The DUI Experience is a unique program designed to help save lives through a safe and interactive approach to learning..  The program utilizes the "drunk and dangerous glasses" which simulate being under the influence.  An array of different activities are used to help create an awareness of the dangers associated with being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Initially the D.U.I. Experience started with Drivers Education classes at a local high school.  Currently, local public and private high schools utilize the program as part of their curricula.  This program has also been utilized by a private driving school as well.

Participants gain knowledge that the term, DUI encompasses all drugs not just alcohol.  They will also explore the risks associated with first use and binge drinking on the brain and the body. Participants will test their eye-hand coordination, depth perception and equilibrium both before and after wearing the goggles. Participants will experience reduced motor skills that result in the same dangerous driving conditions that happen when a driver under the influence gets behind the wheel of an automobile.

Participants will also examine the consequences associated with underage drinking.  Just imagine losing your drivers' licenses, thousands of dollars in fines, family hardships, and potential deaths all of which are likely results when someone makes the choice to drive under the influence. The difference between the DUI experience and real life is that you get to take off your goggles and see for yourself how badly you and others drive, walk and perform other simple tasks.  This helps an individual to imagine what risks he or she would have taken without this knowledge. Due to this "hands-on" approach, participants will walk away with a much better understanding of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.