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The purpose of the Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse program is to provide resources for local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop and implement innovative and effective alcohol abuse prevention programs for secondary school students. Activities must include one or more proven strategies for reducing underage alcohol abuse as determined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Grantees must provide an explanation of how activities that are not part of a SAMHSA-approved program will be effective in reducing underage alcohol abuse.


Anchorage School District
Project Director: Michael Kerosky

Project IMPACT will embed evidence-based alcohol abuse prevention curriculum in the Anchorage School District’s program of studies, directly affecting close to 500 students per year. The initiative will develop and teach a semester-long course that will interweave several evidence-based programs, one of which is Positive Action. The course also incorporates media literacy, experiential learning, peer education and service learning.


San Francisco Unified School District
Project Director: Meyla Ruwin

The project proposes to target middle school students through an innovative approach with national significance. The program will implement Project ALERT, peer education, and intensive interventions for schools with highest rates of student alcohol abuse. Family education will be provided in multiple languages and the project will employ a web-based, citywide social media campaign to change peer perceptions of alcohol.

Soledad Unified School District
Project Director: Gary Johnson

Soledad Unified School District has developed Project SOAR (Soledad Organizing for Alcohol Reduction) to decrease alcohol use and abuse among youth in grades 7-12. Project SOAR is based on a social norms approach to prevention and will promote long term results by changing the social norms surrounding underage drinking. The Project SOAR solution represents a multi-layered, community-wide approach to alcohol abuse prevention, including collaboration with community partners.


Town of Watertown Massachusetts
Project Director: Jean Fitzgerald

The Watertown Healthy Youth Project will enhance efforts to change the community norm that supports underage alcohol use. The program will utilize the evidence-based curriculum LifeSkills as well as Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol. A social norm marketing campaign will round out this comprehensive approach.


Maine School Administrative District 49
Project Director: Nora Murray

This project will implement a coordinated set of strategies to reduce alcohol use. These strategies will include utilizing AlcoholEdu for High Schools; peer-to-peer social marketing messages; changing community norms through parent education; increasing referrals to assessment and treatment; and building capacity among faculty to participate in harm reduction and asset building activities to change school climate.


Sanford School Department
Project Director: Edward Rogowski

The Sanford Public Schools in an alliance with the Safe and Healthy Sanford Coalition will link goals to implement a continuum of effective and innovative prevention strategies to impact its students, families and community. The project will implement a multi-level, comprehensive programmatic response to changing local norms and attitudes by implementing AlcoholEdu and Reconnecting Youth.


Comal Independent School District
Project Director: Kathy Williams

The Comal Independent School District will address the dangers of alcohol use and abuse by implementing the Comal Alcohol Reduction Team (CART) program. CART will provide Class Action, an evidenced-based universal substance abuse prevention program. To address the needs of students who are at-risk and need more intensive services, CART will implement Reconnecting Youth for those students who are beginning to engage in risky behaviors.


Beaver Dam Unified School District
Project Director: Lori Uttech

This project proposes to work towards systems integration to increase capacity to address need. Coordinators will use several strategies to achieve this end. They are evidence-based prevention programs, student assistance programming, substance abuse counseling and social norms and educational outreach.

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Last Modified: 11/07/2011