Distracted Driving Simulator
In partnership with the Southeastern Chapter of the National Safety Council, the distracted driving simulator provides a hands-on educational experience for drivers of all ages. Using virtual reality software, students will operate a stationary vehicle under various conditions including texting-while-driving, impaired driving and poor road conditions like snow and strong wind.
A community assessment tool that looks at advertising, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) products, and marijuana paraphernalia and merchandising. These scans are conducted in the Richland Two community (convenience and vape stores), which help to identify factors that may contribute to alcohol and marijuana use.
National Prescription Drug Take Back
Held on the last Saturday of April and October, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), encourages communities to host take back events. In an effort to keep our communities safe and healthy, Project CARE and the Richland County Sheriff's Department collects unused and expired prescription medications at the Region 2 Headquarters.
In partnership with Prisma Health, Project READY exposes students ages 13-18, to reality-based education at the Level I Trauma Center. During the 5-hour session, participants talk with trauma surgeons and Emergency Room (ER) doctors; touch and feel the real equipment used to treat injuries in the operating room; see inside a real ER, trauma bay, and morgue; witness a pretend trauma patient scene in the ER; and interact with physical, occupational, and speech therapists and experience firsthand the daily challenges experienced by injured trauma patients. View the Project READY video.
Project Sticker Shock
Each year during the month of April (Alcohol Awareness Month), Project CARE partners with BI-LO and Kroger grocery stores to remind customers that it is illegal to provide alcohol to minors. Richland Two high school students and staff, coalition members, and deputies with the Richland County Sheriff's Department 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 “SC 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.
Youth Leadership Training (YLT)
Leading To Change facilitates our annual training for middle and high school students. The training is 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. Project CARE Liaisons assist students with the implementation of prevention activities in their schools.