ERIC Number: ED382903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Project Imani: Changing the Way the World Works for People: A Guide to Family-Based Alcohol and Other Drug Education for Young Children.
Imani includes an AOD- (alcohol and other drug) prevention curriculum that has been infused into each of the 16 Albina Head Start sites in Portland Oregon. Imani, which means "faith" in Swahili, was developed to assist Head Start teachers in providing an AOD-prevention curriculum for preschool children. However, it has become much more. The project provides services in three related areas: (1) providing families with information, workshops on topics they have identified as important, and access to community resources that can help ease the transition from unemployment to work or school; (2) helping children feel good about themselves and their families by providing lessons that help them make wise choices in their lives and avoid the use of alcohol and other drugs; and (3) providing families access to a variety of basic support and training services available from social service agencies throughout the community. Seven family team specialists work with Imani family members. An evaluation of the program found that it increased families' lines of communication and awareness of AOD issues. Other results included families seeking more counseling, improved self-esteem, increased parental involvement in children's lives, and the positive feedback from other agencies concerning the Imani program. (Contains 25 references.) (JE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Western Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities, Portland, OR.; Albina Head Start Association, Portland, OR.
Identifiers: Oregon (Portland); Project Head Start