ERIC Number: ED328119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Athletes Coaching Teens (ACT) for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Danish, Steven J.
Athletes Coaching Teens (ACT) is a school-based prevention program for seventh grade students in Richmond, Virginia. The project is a collaborative effort between the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Richmond City Public Schools. The ACT program is directed at preventing and changing health-compromising behaviors, such as alcohol and other drug use, unsafe sexual practices, violence, and delinquency. High school athletes are used as peer leaders in seven sessions which teach life skills, including learning to set goals, developing plans to attain the goals, identifying and overcoming roadblocks, solving problems effectively, developing social support, and rebounding. The high school athletes receive special training provided by the ACT staff with the assistance of Virginia Commonwealth University's college athletes. Because these high school students are regarded as positive role models who have grown up in Richmond, they are felt to be in a unique position to be effective teachers for middle school youth. A shortcoming of the ACT program is the need for a context in which students can apply and generalize the skills learned. This project proposal describes progress made in the second year of the program and plans for the third year. (JDD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Athletes, Behavior Problems, College School Cooperation, Drug Abuse, Drug Education, Goal Orientation, High Risk Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Junior High Schools, Peer Teaching, Prevention, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Program Proposals, Skill Development, Substance Abuse
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Office for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond. Dept. of Psychology.