Prevention Education Programs
It is our mission to provide awareness, prevention education, resources and support to youth, parents, schools and communities in regard to alcohol and drug use. Through these educational and prevention efforts, we will help shape healthy, responsible and successful future generations who are equipped with the necessary resiliency and decision making skills to make good choices in all aspects of their lives.
Programs for students:
The Deadly Decisions program targets the transitional age (late high school/early college) population of students who can be very susceptible to drug involvement, alcohol misuse/abuse and potential drug overdose.
The Youth Presentation targets the middle and high school population of students where preventing early use of drugs or alcohol may go a long way in reducing risk.
Programs for parents and community members:
Stairway to Heroin has evolved into a model program for education, prevention and recovery used in communities and school districts across the state of Wisconsin and in parts of Illinois and Indiana with a mission of making a difference in the lives of families.
This prevention model is designed to be implemented in schools and communities to address the ongoing substance abuse epidemic adolescents and young adults are facing today:
Stairway to Heroin
Playgrounds to Pills
Playgrounds to Pills: Prevention begins with parents. This targets a younger population, specifically parents of those in 4th-9th grades. This program places emphasis on pediatric and adolescent brain development, decision-making skills and building resiliency in children. It also focuses on the protective factors vs. the risk factors for alcohol and drug use.
Stairway to Heroin: Creating awareness in your community by providing local facts of drug use in your schools and community, detailing the trends of kinds and types of use, providing a medical perspective on use, hearing personal testimonies from families who have experienced the devastation associated with drug abuse and addiction, and learning about hope and recovery.
Wake Up Call
Wake Up Call: This is a life-sized exhibit of a teen’s bedroom with more than 20 “red flags” that can signal drug or alcohol use. The bedroom identifies spots where teens may hide drugs, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use. It is important for parents to know what to look for in their own homes before alcohol and drug use escalates to other risky behaviors or addiction.