WHAT IS THE STAY SHARP PROGRAM?
Stay Sharp is a hard hitting high energy drug prevention presentation designed to educate students on drug and alcohol abuse and the consequences of their choices. The video address the Facts, Lies and Costs of addiction. Intertwined in this dynamic video presentation students will hear speakers share personal stories of their introduction to drugs and the destructive journey it lead them on. These speakers are young people who have walked in the students shoes and are able to make a relevant and impacting connection.
Stay Sharp is endeavoring to reach as many teens across the nation as possible. The negative destructive voices that communicate the wrong way to live are speaking loudly, repeatedly and clearly to the hearts and minds of this generation. We must communicate hope and truth and show them the right way. Stay Sharp purposes to:
ENGAGE the hearts and minds of youth through a visual encounter.
EDUCATE youth about the dangers and consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.
EQUIP youth to make healthy choices.
EMPOWER youth with truth and hope.
Stay Sharp was created to address youth in a variety of settings, from a private or public school assembly or classroom to a church youth group, large or small group, the possibilities are unlimited. Presenters can work with parents, educators, youth pastors and other leaders to address the specific problem issues of your community. It is presented free of charge as an outreach of Adult & Teen Challenge MidSouth.
Presenters are not counselors or psychologists. Rather, they are simply individuals who have struggled with substance addiction, who now desire to share their stories about their choices and recovery.
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Does this program cost the school anything?
No, there is no charge for the program. This program is funded through donations, grants and other funding sources, thus giving Stay Sharp the ability to offer schools this program free of charge.
How long is the program?
The large-group presentation is typically 20-50 minutes in length, however this length will be tailored to the needs of each school. The small-group presentations will vary in length, depending on the setting and time available.
What does the large-group presentation consist of?
The large-group component of the program consists of a multi-media video presentation and in-person speakers. The video and speakers focus on sharing their stories of struggles and addictions, focusing on the factors and choices that led up to their destructive behaviors. There are other components in the presentation including the teaching of the physical and psychological effects of drug use, realistic refusal skills, and the available options for help for addictive behaviors. All Stay Sharp speakers are young adults who have recently struggled with addictions, have succeeded and now wish to impart their knowledge and experiences to other youth.
What does the small-group presentation consist of?
The small-group component of the program consists of a tailored-made curriculum as determined by the needs of the school and students. The presentation can be administered to students during classroom hours, or if needed after school. During this session, students are given the opportunity to ask questions to the Know the Truth presenters and discuss the issues that are of importance to them. Other options for small-group presentations include focus groups of student leaders or at-risk students, and teaching sessions for staff and parents.
Who started Stay Sharp? What is its message?
Stay Sharp is a prevention program administered by Adult & Teen Challenge centers across the nation. Stay Sharps message is fact-based with no religious components. The message is focused on imparting knowledge to the student body with the intent of preventing drug and alcohol addictions.