May 2, 2018
Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) of the LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth (LCAHY) presented National Drug Fact Trivia from NIDA to middle school students. The goal was to inform students about the risks and trends related to use of marijuana, alcohol, prescription pills, and vaping.
National data shows that as students move from middle to high school use of drugs and alcohol increases. THY hopes to decrease the number of 8th grade students that use drugs as they transition from middle school to high school by increasing the perception of harm of these drugs and by making it clear that many high school students choose not use drugs.
Ten THY teens educated 175 middle school students in small groups. The school administrators and teachers reported that the students were very engaged in learning and that the peer educators were effective. THY was invited to return to educate the middle schoolers, with an additional goal of developing positive relationships with the students.
This pilot run illustrates to the coalition that peer to peer education by high school students to middle school students is effective and plans are in place to establish peer to peer education through all youth councils in coalition.