The Coalition’s Asset Building program mobilizes youth from local high schools and from Purdue to help deliver prevention education programs and projects in elementary schools and middle schools throughout the county. These programs provide an opportunity for the student volunteers to mentor younger children and to be positive role models for them, as well as serving to reinforce the importance of making responsible choices in their own lives. The Drug-Free Coalition offers the following prevention programs for grades K-12. We work with all Tippecanoe County public and private schools. We are also available to work with you to custom design a program to meet your schools unique needs.
Partners in Prevention
Managing Peer Pressure - Middle School Program - Youth mentors/role models drawn from local high schools and from Purdue University present a series of customized, interactive prevention education programs that emphasize the development and practice of refusal skills. The program reinforces the message that students are in control of their own choices, and gives them the information, conviction, social support, and skills needed to help them manage peer pressure.
Healthy Choices - After School Program - "Healthy Choices" promotes awareness of the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by providing a series of programs for the children in after-school settings. Student volunteers work one-on-one with the elementary school children in activities ranging from role-playing and creative dramatics exercises to crossword puzzles and art projects that reinforce the prevention messages. Abuse of prescription medication is a growing problem, and one that can be particularly confusing to children.The "Healthy Choices" programs give special attention to this issue. The programs give the children a safe forum for discussion in which to ask questions and voice concerns with regard to the influences in their own lives.
Career Exploration - Middle and High School- The Coalition assists local schools and youth serving groups to help provide linkages to the civic and business community. The Asset Building Specialist works with local school personnel to design and provide programs and experiences that bring together community volunteers from a wide range of occupations and professions to help students in their transition from school to careers.The flexibility of these programs allows for integration into most formats utilized by schools for career education.In addition to programs provided for classroom or auditorium settings, the Coalition facilitates on-site workplace field trips for classes and student groups, as well as job shadowing experiences for individual students. "Lafayette at Work" is also offered to compliment the 3rd grade "communities" unit in area elementary schools.
Media Ready - Media Literacy Curriculum
The goal of this media literacy program, adaptable for use with grades 3 through 8, is to prevent or delay the onset of underage alcohol and tobacco use by encouraging healthy beliefs and attitudes. The interactive, discussion-based lessons enhance students’ ability to apply critical thinking skills in interpreting media messages, particularly those related to alcohol and tobacco products. The curriculum is adaptable to a variety of classroom settings and skill levels of students.