“Parents: You Matter” Program Launches in St. Lucie County

“Parents: You Matter” Program Launches in St. Lucie County

New Program Designed to Increase Parents’ Understanding of Drug and Alcohol Issues

Today, the Title I Department of St. Lucie Public Schools in conjunction with local agencies announced the launch of a community education program designed to increase parents’ understanding and confidence in preventing and addressing drug and alcohol issues. The multi-media training program is designed to educate parents of teens and tweens about why kids use drugs and alcohol. Program topics cover: what parents can do to protect their children, tips on how to communicate with their kids, suggestions for monitoring their activities, ways to spot drug/alcohol use, and what a parent should do when they find it.

The program, called “Parents: You Matter,” was created by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and is designed to be co-delivered by a range of community presenters from law enforcement, prevention and treatment professionals as well as educators and healthcare professionals. “Parents: You Matter” engages parents and caring adults through awareness-building presentations delivered at local businesses and civic organizations, schools, and parent groups.

The presentation is free of charge and will be held on December 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Way Village, 1780 Hartman Road, Ft. Pierce, FL 34947. A free lunch will also be provided.

The presentation contains a number of videos, including public service announcements from The Partnership at Drugfree.org, first-person stories, and information from experts. Drug-specific educational modules are also offered to allow presenters to customize the program to local needs, offering parents the most relevant information about the risks of drugs to their teens.

About The Partnership

The Partnership at Drugfree.org is a nonprofit organization that helps parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children. Bringing together renowned scientists, parent experts, and communications professionals, the Partnership translates current research on teen behavior, addiction and treatment into easy to understand resources at drugfree.org. Through its nationwide PACT360 community education programs, the Partnership educates and mobilizes local community efforts to address drug threats at the grassroots level, including methamphetamine and prescription drug abuse, and also provides parent training and teen programs that help prevent teen substance abuse. The Partnership depends on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and government. The Partnership thanks SAG/AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.