Alcohol is the drug most widely used by teens. Studies show that many teens begin drinking before age thirteen. This early alcohol use is associated with health and social problems, including alcohol abuse and dependence, alcohol-related violence and injuries, issues related to drinking and driving, truancy, risky sexual behavior, and other drug use throughout adolescence and into adulthood.
Hazelden's Project Northland series for middle school and high school students is a state-of-the-art alcohol-use prevention program backed by more than eighteen years of research and more than forty-five scientific publications. Students participating in Project Northland showed a 30 percent reduction in weekly drinking and a 20 percent reduction in monthly drinking. Research also shows that Project Northland can significantly reduce teen marijuana and tobacco use.
Delivering Project Northland is now easier than ever before. The second edition is completely redesigned to be more portable and user-friendly, and it includes helpful new resources intended to:
reflect greater diversity
present realistic situations facing today's youth
maintain fidelity to the original version and its powerful prevention messages
The third of the Project Northland curricula, Power Lines, is intended to empower eighth graders as emerging members of the adult community. Complete with new parent materials, activities in which students share peer leadership roles, a re-enactment of an alcohol-related controversy, and an array of fun community projects. Power Lines gives students opportunities to become positive influences at and away from school, in their peer groups, and with younger students.
Project Northland includes:
Program Guide: For Effective Alcohol-Use Prevention
Slick Tracy: A Sixth-Grade Alcohol-Use Prevention Curriculum
Amazing Alternatives: A Seventh-Grade Alcohol-Use Prevention Curriculum
Power Lines: An Eighth-Grade Alcohol-Use Prevention Curriculum
Class Action: A High School Alcohol Use Prevention Curriculum
Approved by the Australian Research Alliance for Children & youth (ARACY) Prevention Science Network (What Works for Kids).