Since 2001, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through its Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), has collaborated with Scholastic Inc. to prevent underage alcohol use. The Reach Out Now (RON) initiative provides fifth- and sixth-grade teachers with an attractively designed package of materials aligned with national education standards.
Community-based organizations (CBOs) have supported the RON initiative by conducting Reach Out Now Teach-Ins in fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms throughout the country. Teach-Ins are an excellent way for CBOs to deliver messages that build resistance skills among students and increase protective factors that help prevent underage alcohol use. CBOs can build on the momentum of other community prevention activities.
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