POWER OF CHOICE

BJC School Outreach and Youth Development programs are designed to meet Missouri and Illinois academic health standards. Students learn through discussion and interactive teaching by trained health professionals. Pre- and post-tests are administered with a comprehensive report for each program.

Today’s teens face many choices. What should I wear to school? Who can I take to the dance? What kind of music is cool? Some choices can have serious consequences: Should I use tobacco, alcohol or other drugs? What will my friends say if I don’t? What will they say if I do?

Adolescents will learn about the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) in the Power of Choice program. With this information, students in grades 5-12 can make informed, powerful and independent choices.

Overall health issues associated with substance abuse will be addressed. Students will learn about:

  • Reasons people choose to use or not use substances
  • Healthy alternatives to ATOD
  • Long-term consequences of use as seen in healthy and diseased organs
  • Resources to assess addiction and access help if necessary