Alcohol Awareness Month
Theme: “For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction”
The purpose of Alcohol Awareness Month is to increase public understanding and help communities focus on alcohol related issues. Researchers at the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence report that teen alcohol use is very dangerous to the student and community. Teen alcoholism is directly related to automobile accidents, violence, suicide, unsafe sex, and behavior problems at home and the school. Since the adolescent brain is not fully developed, teens may not be aware of the consequences of drinking during a celebration, party, in a car, or other social functions. Preventing drinking at a young age is imperative to reducing alcoholism and future substance abuse.
Find resources to use with your school, parents, and students to increase awareness!
Facts About Underage Drinking
Healthy Place: Teen Alcohol Statistics
For Mental Health Professionals:
Toolkit: Connection Between Trauma and Substance Abuse
Talk to Your Grads About Alcohol Use
Organizing a Safe & Sober Event
Self Test for Teens
Drinking Too Much Too Fast Can Kill You
Above the Influence
Teen Health Information on Drugs & Alcohol
Alcohol Energy Drinks
How to Choose a Designated Driver:
- Call a cab.
- Contact a local safe ride program like SafeRide America.
- Request a ride from Uber or another car service.
- Use public transportation.
- Call your parent or another trusted adult.
- Stay put until someone can pick you up or stay with a friend.
Global Youth Service Day
Global Youth Service Day is the only day of service designated for youth.
Global Youth Service Day
Global Service Ideas Include
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Traffic Safety Calendar
Understanding the Distracted Brain
Distracted Driving Poster
Calls Kill Poster
Consequences Can Be Deadly Poster
Habit Worth Breaking
Hands Free Myth
Brains On Technology
National Safety Council Videos
Safe Prom and Graduation Awareness
SADD Prom/Graduation Activities
Some Ideas Before Prom Night…
- Have elementary students write notes to high school students reminding them not to drink and drive on prom night.
- Have students sign the prom promise to remain sober on prom night. See the Safe and Sober Pledge.
- Have flower shops hang a sign in their window asking students to stay sober.
Safe Prom Events
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Sexual Assault Awareness Toolkit
What is Campus Sexual Violence?
Becoming an Agent of Social Change-Youth Guide
Stopping Harassment at School
What is Healthy Sexuality and Consent?
Preventing Acquaintance Rape-Guide for Teens
Surviving Acquaintance Rape
Circle of 6 Phone App – Although developed for college students, think about adapting the Circle of 6 App for your high school students. Great idea for teens to have before Spring Break and/or prom. The phone app allows a teen to text your friends in the case of emergency and asks them to come and get him or her.
STD Education and Awareness Month
Sexually transmitted diseases can impact anyone, but takes a heavy toll on teens. Teens under the age of 25 need to be tested at least twice a year.
Most common STDs for Teens:
STD Awareness Event Guide
It’s Your Life: STD Testing
Centers for Disease Control -Information regarding sexually transmitted diseases.
Girls Health – Straight talk about STDs.
Stress Awareness Month
Day of Silence
The Day of Silence (DOS) is a student led event to stand against bullying and harassment for LQBTQ students in schools. The first event was held at the University in VA in 1996.