At Elevate we work side by side with our partners in Washington and Waukesha Counties on community coalitions to try to prevent young people from engaging in high risk behaviors like underage alcohol use or drugs. We work with schools and law enforcement to teach young people about making healthy choices and to advocate for positive societal changes.
Elevate health educators partner with schools throughout the county, both public and private, to provide alcohol and other drug abuse prevention education. All courses are taught using age/grade appropriate best practice curricula.
Too Good For Drugs
Currently new funding is allowing us to provide a health educator to implement the research-based "Too Good For Drugs" curriculum in grades 6 through 8.
Our staff also collaborates with area schools to implement the Screening and Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program, an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent problematic use, abuse and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs.
Peers 4 Peers
Our Peers 4 Peers program recruits, trains and supports high school students in grades 10-12 who make a commitment to remain alcohol and drug free. These students act as peer educators, peers listeners and in some cases peer mentors for their classmates and younger school students. They host alcohol free activities, teach their peers about the dangers of substance use and support other healthy lifestyle choices within their school communities.
For more information about our prevention programs, please contact the prevention team at 262-677-2216.
Elevate's prevention staff partner with several community-based coalitions in Washington and Waukesha Counties, both youth and adult focused. Every coalition engages in different strategies and tactics, but all have the same goal to promote healthy youth development through education and advocacy. For more information, please contact our director of community engagement and partnerships at 262-677-2216.
Other Prevention Programs/Services
Prevention staff promotes several national awareness campaigns, locally, including "Parents Who Host Lose the Most," "Under the Influence," and "Red Ribbon Week" Our staff also manages the "Party Hotline" for residents to make officials aware of possible underage drinking parties. The hotline number is 262-247-5289. All caller information is kept confidential.
Community Outreach professionals are also available to speak to parent groups, faith communities and businesses throughout the county.
Waukesha County Drug Free Communities
Waukesha County Drug Free Communities is a coalition of more than 100 Waukesha residents representing some 12 different sectors, with the shared goal of preventing youth substance abuse. The Waukesha DFC Coalition works together to reduce Access to alcohol and other drugs as well as to increase people's understanding of the risks of substance abuse. The work is supported by a renewable, federally funded grant. One of goals is to build a self-sustaining coalition of community members who will continue to work together to prevent youth alcohol and drug use long after the grant ends.
Elevate, serves as the fiscal agent and coordinator for the Drug Free Communities program, but the DFC program is implemented in Waukesha County.
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