Prevention peer leaders trained, King parent night scheduled

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Sixth grade students from King Middle School have been trained as peer leaders in the Slick Tracy Home Team Program – part of a comprehensive, research-based underage drinking prevention curriculum proven to deter the onset of alcohol use by youth.

The program is offered through the Pledge for Life Partnership – Life Education Center program to 17 participating schools in Kankakee and Iroquois counties. Components for 6th, 7th and 8th graders focus on parent communication, peer influence and community response to adolescent alcohol use. It was developed by the Hazelden Foundation and the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and was evaluated in the largest and most rigorous alcohol use prevention trial ever funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Students from King Middle School who will serve as peer leaders are Kandace Bledsoe, Lucas Heidenreich, Ryne Merrick, Sierra Phillips, Javon Saulsberry, Stephan Coleman, Juana Ortega, Elizabeth Robinson, Jose Diaz, Ebony Gray, Luis Guzman, Amber Taylor, Kamarius Caffey, Derika Jackson, Marcello Mendez, Larryce Thomas, Nicole Edwards, Sanchez Hill-Taylor, Da’juan Taylor, Aushemia Williams, Eligha Brooks, Aysha Hill, Justin Nehls, Tatyana Stampley, Precious Washington, Diamonique Harris, Tamila Hobbs, Aaron Totter, and Miguel Torres.

Slick Tracy’s primary focus is to get parents and their children talking about the dangers of alcohol use. At the end of instruction, parent family events are held where students
share what they have learned with their parents and the community. A Slick Tracy Family Poster Night is scheduled for King Middle School at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 17 in the Cafeteria.

To learn more about the Pledge for Life Partnership – Life Education Center’s underage drinking prevention efforts, call the Partnership office at 936-4606.

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