High school student volunteers are taught how to teach elementary school students about the health hazards of tobacco use and the manipulative practices of big tobacco companies. Throughout the academic year, the volunteers present these lessons in Juneau’s elementary schools.
The curriculum encourages students to think critically about tobacco advertisements, uses strength-based methods to teach about how smoking affects your body, and provides relevant information about e-cigarettes and tobacco use in pop culture.
Sources of Strength
Sources of Strength is a mental health wellness program centered on the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture to aid in the prevention of bullying, dating violence, substance abuse, and suicide. Sources of Strength is a peer-led program in which approximately 75 students from Juneau’s three high schools participate.
The students are trained as peer leaders, and throughout the year, the peer leaders plan and implement projects and events relating to Sources of Strength’s mission.
NCADD’s Alaska Teen Institutes (ATIs) are two-day, overnight retreats that implement a healthy choices curriculum for the CHOICE (Choosing Healthy Options in Cooperative Education) program at Juneau-Douglas High School.
The retreats, utilizing small group activities and discussion, community guest speakers, and teamwork initiatives cover such topics as healthy lifestyles, relationships, family communication, decision-making, diversity, and conflict resolution.
Each retreat examines how alcohol and other drugs negatively affect the topic of each retreat theme and teach resistance, communication, and life skills.