The Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation was established by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to fund programs that support alcohol safety and underage drinking prevention. The foundation announced today that the AlcoholEdu for High School online curriculum is now available at no cost for all public and private high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida, Dallas and Collin counties in Texas, and Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, and Richmond counties in New York.
After launching the program in South Florida in 2017 and then Dallas in 2019, the Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation further expanded the AlcoholEdu for High School program into New York for this latest school year. The program will be available in these three markets for the next three years, through the 2022-2023 school year.
Developed by the education technology company EVERFI, AlcoholEdu for High School is a 90-minute, interactive course that engages students with science-based alcohol education and interactive exercises, providing an individualized experience meant to change perceptions, motivate behavior change, and support healthier decisions regarding alcohol.
With more than 55.1 million students across 124,000 schools in the U.S. impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been increased interest in digital education programs such as AlcoholEdu for High School that help lighten the load for teachers and districts and provide students with critical education resources. More than 7,600 students completed Southern Glazer’s AlcoholEdu for High School course in the 2019-2020 school year, the company reports, with nearly half of those taking the course after school closures began in mid-March. Since the kickoff of Southern Glazer’s program in 2017, the initiative has reached more than 11,000 students across 85 high schools, with the completion of more than 11,500 hours of learning.
AlcoholEdu for High School takes a public health approach to alcohol education in schools, the company says, incorporating evidence-based prevention methods to create meaningful results. Through this scalable online program, schools can reach all students with a consistent message and empower them to make safer and healthier decisions about alcohol.
“I liked the focus on facts and science rather than moralistic judgments,” says a participating teacher from Florida. “Kids respond to facts, not just preaching ‘drinking is bad’ and that’s what this curriculum delivers.”
Teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators in the available counties who are interested in implementing this program for the 2020-2021 school year can contact the following EVERFI Implementation Managers: