Media World is a school-based media literacy education program designed to help high school students delay substance use and prevent substance abuse. The program has 12 teacher-led lessons, each about 45 minutes long. High school opens up a world of new possibilities and new challenges for students. Furthermore, media messages about substances are more complex than straightforward advertisements for legal substances. Media World expands upon the content of our programs for younger students by including discussion of substance use beyond alcohol and tobacco — such as marijuana, steroids, and misuse of prescription medications. Media World helps adolescents improve their critical thinking skills when it comes to a broad range of persuasive media messages, including print ads, commercials, product placement, and social media so that they are better prepared to make positive health decisions.
The Aware Program is an online mindfulness program substance abuse prevention program designed for adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The program consists of 4 web-based courses, each with 4-5 lessons that take 15 minutes to complete. Aware provides youth with FASD with new, healthy ways of regulating their behaviors and feelings. Through engaging content designed specifically to appeal to youth with FASD, the activities in Aware help youth make healthy choices and avoid the use of alcohol and other drugs. Aware also provides opportunities to practice mindfulness skills that can be generalized to real-world settings. Online materials are also provided to parents/caregivers.