Children ages 5 to 21
Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)
Young Adults (20-25 years)
We provide interactive and age appropriate drug education trainings to students from 4th grade through high school, and college. The presentations are customized to meet the needs of each school, but the top three drugs addressed in every presentation are Alcohol, Marijuana, and Prescription Drugs. We educate teens about the consequences that come with making decisions. We inspire them to take responsibility for their actions.
We see our youth as the cornerstone of our communities and our future. We strengthen healthy youth development by providing a stimulating and safe learning environment and reinforcing factors that provide protection from destructive behaviors. Since the youth of today comprise our next employment pool, educating them about the hazards and consequences of drugs and alcohol creates a promising future for a global workforce.
The impact of the training is measured through pre and post survey tools to gauge current knowledge prior to and after each presentation. The results show consistently that 20% of students had a "good understanding" of drugs on the street and the dangers associated with them prior to the training. After the presentation, those same students reported an increase of 68%, with 88% reporting a "strong understanding of the dangers and consequences of drug use. We will also evaluates success by collecting antidotal information from participants. The following is an excerpt from the drug awareness trainings:
"I am so glad you came, not for me but for my friend. The program you had made her think and she realized that just because she hit a bad spot in life does not mean she needs drugs. She told me the night you came she hated life so much she was going to take some prescription drugs her parents had. She did not take them because of your program. Thank you so much, because of your program she is still alive and getting her life back on track. Thank you so very much." Student Parachute, CO
"Lynn Riemer, and her presentation relating to avoiding drug uses has been an integral part of the counseling curriculum for 8th grade students.
All 8th grade students have received this lesson every year for the past 10 years. Lynn makes a great connection with adolescence and the students are engaged in her presentation and are always attentive and focused to the information that she passes on.
I am confident that these annual presentations have positively influenced the future decisions of many of the young adults that leave Westlake Middle school and enter a harsh world of temptations in high school, college and later on in their lives."
Danny L. Austin, School Counselor, Westlake Middle School
Young Adults (20-25 years)
This drug education program is designed for school staff, parents, organizations working with youth, medical professionals, law enforcement, community coalitions, and the general public.
The drug scene has changed since most parents where in school. Looking at the current state today around drugs; legalization of Marijuana, increase in Opiate/Heroin use, increases in youth depression and suicide attempts, and the Research indicating the negative impact that alcohol and marijuana use has on neurodevelopment of adolescents, our trainings for adults couldn't be more relevant. By educating parents, school officials, medical professionals, law enforcement, and adults in general, they can become the first line in defense in combating drug use. Knowing how to recognize what the drugs look like, the indicators of someone under the influence, and what to do if someone has a substance abuse problem, are only the first parts of the battle. Studies have shown that children who have a history of negative life experiences and a relationship with drugs and alcohol, have an increased chance of becoming the next addict, felon or abuser. The key to preventing drug abuse is through education, awareness, and involvement.
After our presentations, many teachers have commented on the need for updated curriculum regarding drugs. Current public curriculum has outdated statistics, old pictures, and does not address marketing to kids through the coloring and flavoring of drugs, or any new drug trends seen out in society. Schools have found it extremely beneficial to have drug education provided by an individual with an expertise that teachers do not have. Teachers and parents often comment how they feel more prepared to address the drug issues in the future because of our presentation.
"Lynn recently gave an outstanding presentation to our students. It was done in a highly informative way, and our students were engaged throughout the presentation. It wasn't judgmental, but presented the facts and risks in a memorable way. I had asked her to focus particularly on heroin and marijuana edibles, and she had great information about both. Students talked about the presentation for some time afterwards.
After school, Lynn held an informal session with our staff. She passed around samples of various substances and paraphernalia, and shared current trends she was aware of with which communities are struggling. It was a great opportunity for staff to get answers to questions they had.
Substance abuse is a complex issue with no easy solutions. But access to current, accurate information for both students and staff is an important tool in addressing this challenge. "
Dirk Oden, Director, Byron Syring Delta Center (an alternative school serving highly at-risk students)