Juvenile Alcohol & Drug Education (JADE)
JADE utilizes a tailored program of the Prime For Life curriculum which is designed to gently but powerfully challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high-risk alcohol and drug use. The content, process and sequence of JADE are carefully developed to achieve both prevention and intervention goals. The program goals are:
- To reduce problems caused by high-risk drinking or drug use;
- To reduce the risk for long-term health problems and short-term impairment problems;
- To help people successfully protect the things they value.
Using persuasion-based teaching, instructors use a variety of teaching approaches, including interactive presentation and small group discussion. Participants use work books throughout the course to complete a number of individual and group activities. Material is presented using a web-based platform with animation, full-motion video clips, and audio clips to enhance the presentation.
JADE is used for youth ages 12 to 20 who already engage in high-risk drinking or drug use or who are in a group likely to begin making choices that increase risk for problems. Thousands of young people throughout the country are taught the Prime For Life curriculum through juvenile justice systems, underage DUI programs, court diversion, school student assistance, and similar programs.