Life Education Center Wise Highs Program (Kindergarten – 6th Grade)
The Life Education Center's unique substance abuse prevention programs teach kids the skills they need to choose healthy lifestyles and avoid the dangers caused by abusing alcohol and other dangerous substances.
Beginning in kindergarten and continuing through sixth grade in Iroquois County, the LEC's curriculum uses age-appropriate material to teach students about the human body and how it works; good nutrition and exercise; the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and other substances; and teaches the skills students will need to deal with pressures from peers and society. The curriculum includes the K-6th grade Wise Highs Program.
The LEC programs also provide additional activities for teachers and students including the annual Best Practice Contest for K-6 grade teachers and the Wise Highs billboard contest for 5th and 6th graders.
Funding for the LEC program comes from state and federal grants and from the Family Fun-a-thon, an annual fundraiser co-sponsored by the Pledge for Life Partnership.
Too Good for Drugs (7th and 8th Grades)
Skill development is at the core of Too Good for Drugs, a universal prevention program designed to mitigate the risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use. The program introduces and develops social and emotional skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure.
Too Good for Drugs teaches five essential social and emotional learning skills, which research has linked with healthy development and academic success:
- Goal Setting
- Decision Making
- Bonding with pro-social others
- Identifying and managing emotions
- Communicating effectively
Project Towards No Drug Abuse (Project TND) (High School)
Project TND is an effective, interactive classroom-based substance abuse prevention program that is based on more than two decades of successful research at the University of Southern California. Project TND focuses on three factors that predict tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use, violence-related behaviors, and other problem behaviors among youth, including:
- Motivation factors (i.e., students' attitudes, beliefs, expectations, and desires regarding drug use);
- Skills (effective communication, social self-control, and coping skills); and
- Decision-making (i.e., how to make decisions that lead to health-promoting behaviors).
All Iroquois County junior and senior high schools have proven to be key team players in expanding TIP the Scale’s prevention efforts by displaying The Iroquois County Toilet Times, a “newspaper” that educates teens with facts and prevention tips in a fun, encouraging format. Its goal is to empower students to resist peer pressure and say no to underage drinking/drug use. Posting this publication on the inside doors of school restroom stalls increases the probability that it will be seen, as most students use the restroom at some point during the school day.
Coach's Resource Sets
Coaches can have a very influential role in the lives of teens. Not only do they spend a significant amount of time interacting with players during practices and games, but many of these coaches are also making an impact as our teen's school teachers. For this reason, Coach's Resource Sets were given to junior and senior high school athletic directors and coaches in Iroquois County. This resource provides useful information to coaches about the dangers and warning signs of opioid, marijuana, vaping, and tobacco use, as well as underage drinking. Encouragement is also provided to these school employees to take an active stance with athletes/students and their parents to prevent underage drug use.