Starting Point staff delivers entertaining and interactive presentations to students in grades 3 through 12.
- Elementary/Middle School: Topics vary based on grade, current concerns and school needs. All programs can be tailored to enhance your existing curriculum. Please see the Aware page for more information.
- High School: Programs can include specific ATOD information, continuum of use or family illness concepts, legal consequences of underage use, county resource information and/or building Developmental Assets in students and others. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) awareness resources are also available.
Starting Point staff provides curriculum consultation upon request. Available resources include: curriculum samples, audiovisual materials, catalogs and other resource materials for planning, developing and updating K-12 curricular units. Starting Point staff is available to work collaboratively with school personnel in designing and implementing new program strategies and/or adapting existing programs to current needs. Starting Point staff may also serve on local alcohol, tobacco, and other drug planning committees.
Starting Point staff, in collaboration with the school district, can design and present an education program for teachers and other school personnel. Topics may cover alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use issues related to youth and family, the illness concept, advertising, Developmental Assets model, resources, etc.
Starting Point staff has assisted in developing ATOD resource handbooks and party guideline brochures for communities. These materials contain ATOD resource information which have included warning signs, laws, ATOD prevention and intervention information, and information on peer pressure, depression, suicide, etc.
The Aware Program
What is Aware?
Aware is a primary prevention program that targets gateway drug use by giving students skills to choose an ATOD-free lifestyle. The Aware Program is available to all public and private schools for students in grades 3-8. Demonstrations, interactive games, role play activities, movies and approved websites are used to increase student’s knowledge of specific drugs and improve resistance skills. Based on individual school needs, Aware is a flexible program, coordinated through school principals, teachers, and guidance counselors. Programs are offered 1 to 2 times a year to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students and up to six times per year for grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. All grades are on a track system, encouraging a gradual increase in knowledge and resistance skills over time.