REAL Teen Action/HYPE Project Team

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Program Overview: 

Keepin’ It Real (Refuse, Explain, Avoid, Leave): is an evidence based curriculum that teaches refusal skills, while also helping students realize the risk of drugs and avoid risky drug related situations by building decision-making and communication skills. The goal of the program is to help students learn drug resistance strategies, refuse offers, enhance decision making skills, and established anti-drug attitudes and belief.   Students will learn HOW to say “no” to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs without losing friendships.  Special emphasis is placed on resistance strategies represented in the acronym REAL: Refuse offers to use substances, Explainwhy you do not want to use substances, Avoid situations in which substances are used, and Leave situations in which substances are used.  Keepin’ It Real is implemented to 4th & 5th, 7th-12th graders for (10) sessions in Fairfield County Schools for 30-45 minutes per class.  Keepin It Real is recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental health Service Administration and listed as one of many programs in the South Carolina Toolkit for Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Strategies was created in 2001, a joint product of the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) which also evaluates the program.