Children who have peers and adults who model responsible behavior are less likely to use drugs or alcohol. Young people who are given useful roles in the community, and those who engage in community service, are less likely to engage in high risk behavior.
The Coalition’s Asset Building program mobilizes students from Purdue University's College of Pharmacy to help deliver prevention education programs and projects to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in the Lafayette School Corporation each year. The primary goal of all programs is to prevent the onset of drug and alcohol use by encouraging healthy beliefs and attitudes. The programs emphasize and reinforce the message that students are in control of their own choices, and give students the information, conviction, social support, and skills needed to help them manage peer pressure. These programs provide an opportunity for the college 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 interactive, discussion-based lessons enhance students's ability to apply critical thinking skills when faced with pressure to use drugs or alcohol. The curriculum is adaptable to a variety of classroom settings and skill levels of students. The customized curriculum is continually modified and updated to reflect every changing needs, concerns, and community trends regarding prevention issues.
6th Grade: Media Awareness (Primary focus on Alcohol and Tobacco)
7th Grade: Drug Prevention Education (Marijuana & Spice)
8th Grade: Drug Prevention Education (Prescription Drug Abuse)
Youth who have the benefit of social support from responsible, caring, adult role models are less likely to engage in high-risk behavior.
The Asset Building Specialist also provides the following prevention programs, working with adult volunteers from throughout Tippecanoe County to provide programs and resources that better enable our youth to be healthy, caring, and responsible, and to achieve their academic potential and career goals.
Career Exploration - High School
The Coalition assists local schools and youth serving groups to help provide linkage 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.
This unique presentation is designed for an audirorium setting and large student groups. Conducted by a panel of community leaders, the program captures student attention with a dramatization of an interview gone wrong, followed by the interview of the successful candidate. The program concludes with a dynamic and interactive panel/student discussion. This lively program is both entertaining and informative, providing real world advice on how to get a job and keep a job.
Lafayette at Work
"Lafayette at Work" is offered to compliment the 3rd grade "communities" unit in area elementary schools. Although 3rd graders are at the very beginning of career explorations, the Indiana Department of Education encourages the introduction of career education into the elementary grades. "Lafayette at Work" introduces career concepts to 3rd graders. The program includes in-school career education programs, involving multiple presenters and activities as well as fieldtrips to Lafayette work sites. Students participate in activities that make them aware of careers that are related to their own areas of interest and strenght.