Online Alcohol Safety Education Program Available at No Cost to High School Students in Florida, Texas, and New York for the 2022-2023 School Year

Mark Willingham Uncategorized

Online Alcohol Safety Education Program Available at No Cost to High School Students in Florida, Texas, and New York for the 2022-2023 School Year

News Release
By: SGWS
September 15, 2022

MIAMI & DALLAS-(BUSINESS WIRE)-The Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation, Inc.–established by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to fund programs that support alcohol safety and underage drinking prevention–today announced the AlcoholEdu for High School online curriculum is once again available at no cost to 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 for the 2022-2023 school year. The program, which is part of a three-year commitment, will be available in these three markets throughout the school year.

“The best thing about this course is that it taught me about how to avoid peer pressure, how much alcohol is legal to consume, and what are ways to stay safe when other people are drunk”

AlcoholEdu for High School, developed by leading education technology company EVERFI, is a 90-minute, interactive course that engages students in high school with science-based alcohol education and interactive exercises, providing an individualized experience that changes perceptions, motivates behavior change, and supports healthier decisions regarding alcohol. The course focuses on five main pillars: Knowing the Basics, Knowing Your Influences, Brain and Body, Smart Decisions, and Future Ready. Through this scalable online program, which has been proven to reduce negative consequences associated with underage drinking, schools can reach all students with a consistent message and empower them to make safer and healthier decisions about alcohol.

For the most recent 2021-2022 school year, the program saw significant increases in reach and impact. After having completed the Southern Glazer’s-sponsored course, students’ assessment scores increased by 31%, from 67% to 89% out of 100 knowledge gains, compared to the 28% average increase of national student assessment scores. Since the kickoff of Southern Glazer’s program in 2017, the initiative has impacted 24,151 students across more than 186 high schools, with the completion of more than 22,200 hours of learning.

“The best thing about this course is that it taught me about how to avoid peer pressure, how much alcohol is legal to consume, and what are ways to stay safe when other people are drunk,” said a participating student.

Teachers provided overwhelmingly positive reviews of the program, with 100% saying this course was interesting for their students, 96% agreeing the course was easy to fit into their curriculum, and 100% providing a quality rating of “Good” or better.

“I liked that the information provided insight and details about substance use and the effects they have on the body, mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally,” said a participating National Educator.

The Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation launched the EVERFI program in South Florida in 2017, expanded into Dallas in 2019, and branched out into New York in 2020.

Teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators in the available counties who are interested in implementing this program for the 2022-2023 school year can contact the following EVERFI Implementation Specialist for details:

In Florida: Sasha Behm at sbehm@everfi.com
In Texas: Stephanie Onyeador at sonyeador@everfi.com
In New York: Lane Sohn at lsohn@everfi.com