Alcohol Use in Young Children Reality Tour

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Alcohol Use in Young Children
Reality Tour
The reality tour prevention program is a volunteer based program which is organized in a community setting and is presented to parents and their children who are between the ages of 13-17. This program is 1 session which is approximately 3 hours long, and it increases the children’s negative views on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and also the associated risks with these drugs. They do this by brining people in and sharing their own testimonies as well as listening to a law enforcement official speak. They also listen to narratives are given the opportunity to ask questions throughout the session. Towards the end of the session the kids are given a set of coping and refusal skills that will help them. Parents are given a set of educational materials and the chance to sign up for monthly or weekly newsletters.

  • A Reality Tour group can be organized and ready to go within about 2 weeks and it needs 24 volunteers.

  • These volunteers should be from different areas

  • There are a variety of materials that are needed

  • On a 0-4 scale this program has been rated a 3.2

  • There are a lot of strengths for this program, however one of the weaknesses is that it provides little detailed guidance and structure of events.

  • In the studies that were done about this program, the children are asked how wrong do you think this is, or what do you think are some effects if you drink or smoke this

  • These were found to be very successful

  • Within these studies they provided those questions 3 times throughout the process, but did not have a control group or a place to provide feedback

  • There are a lot of materials used in this program, and some that aren’t even seen by the public. For the materials that are required by the developer it is about $5,000. This includes the rights and licensing for the materials required by the developer, a vinyl sign that each attendee should have as well as the license renewal. There are a lot more resources that could be used but they are either not required by the developer or they are free.

Contact Information:

Norma Norris, CPS 
(724) 679-1788 

Guiding Good Choices (GGC)
The GGC is a prevention program that is geared towards the parents of those 9-14 years old. It currently is a 5-session curriculum, which gives the parents the skills to strengthen and clarify family expectations for behavior, enhances the conditions that promote bonding within the family, and teach skills that allow children to resist drug use successfully. These materials help guide the parents through the adolescent stage of their children’s lives, while assisting them and providing them with knowledge to stay away from drugs and alcohol. These sessions are very interactive and they allow the parents to try out the methods that they are provided. When the parents are done with all 5 sessions, they receive a family guide which includes, family activities, discussion topics, and various exercises that they can do as a family.

  • Takes place in a school setting

  • Rural or frontier based

  • All the studies and research that has been done about this program suggests that it does work well, especially with the family’s interaction. Women do have a slight better chance to react to the program over the boys.

  • In the studies they asked the children questions based on alcohol abuse and what they think their problem is or how often are they drinking etc.

  • Out of a 0-4 scale this program rated 3.5

  • The basic cost to deliever the program to a group of 10 parents is $1,016.70

  • The things that are reqiredd by the developer is the core kit which is $881, and the family guide which is $14.69 each

  • There are other expenses like the 3 day on site training, the consulation by phone which is $100 per hour

Contact Information:

Channing Bete Company, Inc. 
(877) 896-8532

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