Program looks to decrease youth drug use
The Three Rivers Health District is about to implement a three year youth program, funded through a $104,441 grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (formerly the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation). Too Good for Drugs will be conducted with Northumberland Elementary School’s fifth graders, Cople Elementary third graders, Richmond County Elementary fourth graders and Washington District Elementary fifth graders.
Ten sessions will be held with each participating grade level. Youth tobacco programs have been conducted in the district to middle school age level youth for several years now with limited offerings in the elementary schools. The Too Good for Drugs program, developed by the Mendez Foundation, offers grade/age appropriate curricula for Kindergarden-12th grade. TGFD has undergone extensive evaluation and been determined to effectively reduce students’ intention to use alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs. More than 350 students are expected to experience TGFD during our first year of funding.
Some of the school districts have already expressed interest in extending the program to more than one grade level in future years. According to Cheryl Anderson, District Health Educator, “After reviewing the curriculum and thinking about the title, Too Good for Drugs, I’m motivated more than ever to facilitate this program in our schools.”
For more information on TGFD, contact Cheryl Anderson at (804) 333-4043, extension 18.