ERIC Number: ED474743
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Reinforcing Resistance to Drug and Alcohol Use through Teen Role Models. NERCRD Project Report.
In the Life Skills Training program, teen leaders teach social skills to rural fifth- and sixth-grade children to help them resist drugs and alcohol in high school. Based on a Boys & Girls Clubs of America program, the 9-week after-school program provides youth with accurate information; teaches youth how to handle a range of problem situations through a systematic problem-solving strategy; conveys self-instructional techniques designed to help youth exercise self-control; teaches adaptive coping strategies for relieving stress, anxiety, and pressure; and teaches youth verbal and nonverbal assertive skills. The program was piloted in several Pennsylvania and New York locations. The teen leaders used games, visual aids, and role playing to teach children resistance skills in a fun way. Teens were trained for 5-8 hours and taught the entire curriculum. Adults supervised or helped out with problem situations. Children learned more readily from teens and developed positive relationships with their teen teachers. The teen teachers gained leadership experience, improved their public speaking skills and self-esteem, and redefined themselves in front of their own peers. Both teens and adults felt that the program was well implemented and that the younger children were very interested in what was being taught. Most adults agreed that the program changed attitudes and behaviors and positively reinforced resistance to drugs sand alcohol. (TD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, After School Programs, Alcohol Education, Coping, Cross Age Teaching, Drug Education, Elementary School Students, Intermediate Grades, Interpersonal Competence, Prevention, Program Descriptions, Role Models, Role Playing, Rural Youth
For full text: http://www.cas.nercrd.psu.edu/Publications/lifeskills.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, University Park, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania