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Footprints for Life

Footprints for Life

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FOOTPRINTS for LIFE is a research and evidence-based primary prevention program designed to builds assets and teach skills through the use of puppets and stories that feature "real-life" situations experienced by a children's soccer team. The six-week program is designed to be presented in the classroom setting and includes weekly parent information letters and weekly journal assignments. The program is designed to promote developmental assets to deter the first use of alcohol and other drugs. The curriculum is designed to be implemented in 2nd or 3rd grades and uses developmentally appropriate learning materials. Through trained and skilled presenters, Our Place offers this program to all private and public schools 2nd grade classrooms in Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington Counties.

FOOTPRINTS for LIFE is grounded in the theory of asset-based prevention developed by The Search Institute, an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth and communities. At the heart of the Institute's work is the framework of 40 developmental assets, which are positive experiences and personal qualities that young people need to grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible citizens. Young people with low levels of developmental assets are two to four times as likely to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs as those who have above-average asset levels. This is true for young people from all racial/ethnic, family, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

FOOTPRINTS for LIFE addresses internal assets, particularly the area referred to as social competencies. The skills to be developed include planning and decision-making, interpersonal skills, peaceful conflict resolution, cultural competence, and dealing with peer pressure, specifically around substance use/abuse. Additional activities help children identify abusive situations and how to ask for help.

For more information contact Cristine Powell at 812-945-3400. Footprints for Life is made possible through funding from Metro United Way, Indiana Department of Child Services,Clark County Youth Coalition through their Clark County Substance Abuse Block Grant-Indiana Division of Mental Health & Addictions, Harrison County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and School Parent/Teacher Organizations. Please e-mail for more information.

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