MethSMART: Smart Programs for Smart Kids
In 2006, the Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) partnered to create MethSMART: Smart Programs for Smart Kids. The program incorporates current research about problems confronting young people and provides viable solutions to help them handle challenging circumstances while avoiding risky and unhealthy behaviors. Through well-designed prevention curricula including parent and staff educational pieces, MethSMART successfully makes the prevention of methamphetamine abuse a team effort between young people and the adults involved in their lives. Curricula components include: MethSMART Kids, for 6-9 year olds; MethSMART Youth, for 10-13 year olds; MethSMART Teens, for 14-18 year olds; and MethSMART Adults, a handbook which explains the program and offers activities to begin inter-generational dialogue.
BGCA’s nationally acclaimed SMART Moves prevention program has been helping young people avoid four of the most immediate threats to their well-being: alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and premature sexual activity, since 1990. MethSMART, an extension of SMART Moves, focuses specifically on the growing threat of methamphetamine abuse. Using highly interactive strategies, the MethSMART program is designed to resonate with the cultural values of its target audience and address the contexts in which young people are likely to encounter challenging dilemmas.
For more information about the MethSMART Program, contact FirstPic, Inc. at 1-866-NA-CLUBS.