The Project CARE Coalition currently promotes and supports the following initiatives:
Environmental Scans: A community assessment tool that looks at advertising, alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) products, and marijuana paraphernalia and merchandising. The purpose of the scans are to help identify factors in the community that may contribute to alcohol and marijuana use.
“Out of Their Hands” Campaign: In partnership with the Drug Free Midlands Collaborative (DFMC), this statewide campaign emphasizes that providing alcohol to minors is against the law and that together we can keep it “Out Of Their Hands.” Similarly, there will be considerable focus on educating parents, caregivers, merchants and community members about the consequences of providing alcohol to minors or hosting underage drinking parties. Prom and graduation season (April-June) are considered to be high-risk months for teens to consume alcohol. Project Sticker Shock: Each year during the month of April, The Project CARE Coalition will partner with BI-LO and Kroger grocery stores in the Midlands to remind customers that it is illegal to provide alcohol to minors. Richland Two high school students, coalition members, and officers from the SC Alcohol Enforcement Team will enter stores and place stickers and bottle hangers on products containing alcohol sharing the message: “Know the Law! It is illegal to purchase or provide alcohol for anyone under 21!” This project is one of the activities of the “Out of Their Hands!” campaign, aimed to reduce underage drinking during the festivities surrounding prom and graduation season. View our flickr photo album here. View our WLTX video here.
Richland Two Student Perception Survey: A district-wide survey for students in grades 6-11, will be administered biennial, that asks about four core measures related to alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana: perception of risk of harm, perception of parental disapproval, perception of peer disapproval, and 30-day use rates. This survey is a DFC requirement and is completely anonymous and voluntary.
Youth Leadership Training: Leading To Change provides yearly training’s in October for middle and high school students in grades 6-12, designed to help youth implement and promote drug free prevention initiatives in their schools and community, serve in youth advisory roles for the coalition, and provide ATOD education to their peers and encourage healthy lifestyles.