15-5-21: What does this mean to you?

Kids who start drinking before the age of 15 are 5 times more likely to develop an alcohol dependency problem than those who waited until the legal age of 21. Research shows that young people’s brains keep developing well into their 20s, and early alcohol use can alter this development.

Isolation caused by the pandemic can yield negative mental health effects, especially in youth. Since the beginning of COVID-19 lockdowns, it has been reported that one in sixth youth have a probable mental disorder. Unable to participate in extra-curricular activities while simultaneously isolated from their friends and peers, kids & teens are among the hardest hit in terms of mental health stability. Affected youth may find solace in unhealthy coping mechanisms, like alcohol and drug use, to handle the stress and trauma of quarantine. Now more than ever, it is vital to educate your teen about the effects substance use and to provide alternative healthy coping strategies.

Prevention is Key (PIK) is here to help be part of the solution.  PIK is offering virtual evidence-based, prevention programs to better meet the needs of our community during the pandemic. These programs provide students with the knowledge, skills, motivation, and opportunities they need to remain alcohol-free. 

Available programs include:

  • Footprints (2nd – 3rd grade)
  • Life Skills (3rd – 8th grade)
  • WNBI 2.0  (6th – 8th grade)
  • Hidden in Plain Sight (Parents)
  • Escape the Vape (Parents or Youth)

Help keep the conversation going by educating youth on the realities of substance use.

Contact Patrice Reilly at preilly@mcpik.org for more information on how to bring our evidence-based programs to your school.