A Special Thank You to Teachers, especially those at InnerAct Alliance!
Congrats on a job well
would like to share some of the kind comments that have been written about our
Program Specialists for Science-Based Prevention at School.
Too Good for Drugs – Amy Custred, Central McKeel
“Mrs. Custred did a great job! Our students loved the active learning
skits, games, role-play,
and prizes she used to keep them engaged. Thank you for offering a great
Too Good for Drugs – Charlie Davis, South McKeel Academy
“Mrs. Davis is a fantastic presenter because her concern for these kids
to have a bright future reflects in everything she does!”
Keep A Clear Mind – Kelley
Hutchison & Deanne Labozzetta, Lincoln Academy
“Mrs. Hutchison and Mrs. Labozzetta are amazing teachers!
They give our students valuable tools to help them with peer pressure.
They provide insight on the different types of drugs and their effects on the
The students look forward to their lessons. They are a great team and fantastic
to work with!”
Social Norms – Beverly Feddeler,
Tammy Coker & Kim Martin, Bartow High School, Summerlin, IB
“Thank you for coming to Bartow High! We love the program and what you are able
to do with students.
Social Norms are an effective tool to help students know the facts when they
are faced with
peer pressure and encouraging them that they are not alone in the fight to make
InnerAct Alliance is a wonderful organization and a treasure for the Central
Project ALERT – Susan
White, Magnolia Montessori Academy
“Mrs. White interacted very professionally with the students. The
content was informative and her manner
of presentation kept the students’ attention. The students benefitted greatly
from Project ALERT
and will be able to stand against peer pressure and substance abuse when the
Back to School means back to the classroom not
just for students, but also for their dedicated teachers. Our agency provides substance abuse prevention
education programs in the Hardee, Highlands, and Polk county areas with efforts
that include science-based education programs to over 15,000 students in
elementary, middle, and high schools.
At InnerAct Alliance, we have an amazing staff who
present prevention education programs such as Keep A Clear Mind, Too Good for
Drugs and Violence, Project ALERT, The PAX Good Behavior Game, Project Towards
No Drug Abuse, as well as Social Norms in schools. These best practice
educational programs have been proven to positively influence students’
attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions regarding alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and
other drug use, bullying, violence, and other risky behaviors.
Clear Mind (4th Grade): Keep a Clear Mind is a
prevention course that features a series of 30-minute lessons focusing on
alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and a final gateway drug review. The program is
specifically designed with take home activities for parent/guardian and
children to complete together and help create open lines of communication
between parent and child. After four weeks of classroom-based lessons, a parent
newsletter is sent home for five weeks to further assist parents in discussing
substance abuse prevention with their children.
Too Good for Drugs (K-8th
Grade): Too Good for Drugs is a ten-week program
with lessons focusing on character-building attributes to assist students in
resisting alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, bullying, fighting, and other
risky behaviors using communication skills, tolerance, goal-setting, resistance
skills and more. The program helps to build awareness of healthy life
skills and promotes unity among students and throughout the school.
for Drugs and Violence (TGFV): Too Good for Drugs and Violence is a school-based violence prevention
and character education program designed to enhance pro-social behaviors and
skills and improve protective factors related to conflict and violence. TGFV
has a developmentally appropriate curriculum for each grade through 8th grade,
plus a separate high school curriculum for 9-12 grade students.
ALERT (6th-7th Grade): Project
ALERT is a school-based prevention program for middle school students that
focuses on alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use. It seeks to prevent adolescent
nonusers from experimenting with these drugs, and to prevent youth who are
already experimenting from becoming more regular users or abusers. Based on the
social influence model of prevention, the program is designed to help motivate
young people to avoid using drugs and teach them the critical skills needed to
understand and resist pro-drug social influences.
PAX Good Behavior Game
(K-5th Grade): The PAX Good Behavior Game is
an environmental intervention used in the classroom with young children to
create an environment that is conducive to learning. The intervention is
designed to reduce off-task behavior, increase attentiveness, and decrease
aggressive and disruptive behavior and shy and withdrawn behavior. The program
also aims to improve academic success, as well as mental health and substance
use outcomes later in life.
With the calendar page turning to August, most of us are savoring the
last leisurely summer days before it’s time to head back to school. The end of
summer is a great time to make sure the lines of communication are open to
build and maintain a trusting relationship with your child.
Along with purchasing the new school supplies, clothing, shoes, and
backpacks your kids will need for a successful school year, make time to talk
about the upcoming school year, concerns they may have, and discuss the
importance of choosing a healthy life without alcohol and drugs. Getting into a back-to-school routine can often be difficult for families. According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, teens cite "coping with school stress" as a major reasons many of them turn to drugs. Beginning a new school year can mean adjusting to new friends, new teachers, more difficult homework, challenging classes, or maybe even an entirely new school. Social anxiety and peer pressure also add to concerns for youth. While there is no way to completely eliminate social pressures from a child's life, parents can help ease stress and better prepare their child by taking time to discuss possible scenarios they may face. The good news is research shows that teens who learn about the risks from a parent or other caring adults are less likely to use drugs or alcohol. So, talk to your kids about their day and listen to what they say. Let them know that you care about them and strongly disapprove of their using drugs. They will listen! For tips on how to talk to your kids, call InnerAct Alliance at 802-0777 or visit www.inneractalliance.org
BIG at Polk County’s Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Lake Mirror
Our community’s Red Ribbon tradition continues with Polk County’s Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Fun
Run on Saturday, November 12, 2016 in support of bullying and substance
abuse prevention. The Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run, presented by Title Sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc.,
InnerAct Alliance, and event partner MidFlorida Credit Union, is a Family Weekend where parents can
compete in the Half Marathon or 5K, and K-8 students can participate in the Kids
Fun Run. Early registration is encouraged at www.RedRibbonHalf.com.Start time for the Half Marathon is6:30 a.m., and the 5K
begins at 7:00 a.m. Check-in will begin
at 5:30 a.m. for the Half Marathon and 6:30 a.m. for the 5K.
A Kids Fun Run
for K-8 students begins at 8:00 a.m., with check-in at 7:00 a.m. at the Lake
Mirror Auditorium. The Fun Run is FREE for those who pre-register before
November 1st ($5 fee after 11/1/16) and includes a commemorative Run
t-shirt and free refreshments. The Kids Run will
start and finish at Lake Mirror Promenade, 121 S. Lake Ave., and follow a route
around Lake Mirror. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd,
and 3rd place runners in gender categories, and to the top 3
elementary schools and top middle school with the largest percentage of
participating students, based on school census. This year, the private school
with the highest percentage of participation will also receive a trophy.
NEW THIS YEAR: We are excited to announce some great new additions to the
Red Ribbon Fun for 2016! First, we are pleased to collaborate with The Lakeland
Chamber of Commerce for their new BIG EVENT: A Family Celebration of Lakeland,
from 4:00–8:00 p.m. on November 12th at the historic Lake Mirror
Promenade. The BIG EVENT will feature live music, food, a kids’ fun zone,
Business Expo, Makers’ and Artisan’s Row and more!
Another great addition is an opportunity for kids and adults to
fundraise to prevent Bullying, Drug Abuse, and assist with Youth Leadership
Development! The more money you raise, the better your chances to win BIG
PRIZES such as Free Gear! Free Parties! Free Bikes! Details will be outlined on
the event website at www.RedRibbonHalf.com.
Lastly, our Half Marathon race course has been updated to pass through some of
Lakeland’s most beautiful neighborhoods and our community’s new Peterson Park!
Preview our amazing new race course on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/RedRibbonRunSeries "The Red Ribbon Run is going BIG this year," promises InnerAct Alliance's Executive Director, Angie Ellison. "Our goal is to promote healthy family living which reduces the likelihood of substance abuse, bullying, violence and other risky behaviors. Participate in a BIG way by sponsoring, running, or volunteering on our event website at www.redribbonhalf.com or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RedRibbonRunSeries."
Polk County, FL – StandUP Polk is proud to be
hosting “Our Community Convenes”,an event to share important data to
help our community be safer and better informed, on Thursday, May 26, 2016,
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the new Polk State Center for Safety Auditorium,
1251 Jim Keene Boulevard, in Winter Haven.
We invite the public to be part of Polk
County’s strategic plan for prevention of substance abuse and risky behaviors.
Key representatives from the Polk Health Department, Sheriff’s Office, State
Attorney’s Office, colleges, businesses, and other local organizations,
will be on hand to help present local facts and information that will support the decisions made in prevention for the coming
Polk is a community coalition working together to prevent harm and promote
health through education, public awareness, and advocacy including strategies
to prevent youth substance abuse.
POSTER, POETRY and ESSAY CONTESTS – WINTER HAVEN AREA WINNERS
Polk County, FL – InnerAct Alliance is proud to
announce the winners of its Fifth Grade
Rally for The FactsPoster, Poetry,
and Essay Contest for Fifth Grade Students in the greater Winter
Haven/Haines City area schools. Contest participants were recognized during
the Red Ribbon Rally on Thursday morning, May 12, at 10:00 a.m. at Polk State
College Gym in Winter Haven.
The prevention rallies
focus on reinforcing critical substance abuse resistance skills before students
enter middle school in the fall. Students were challenged to compose essays,
write poems, or draw posters to illustrate how they live their lives drug free
and show the truth about how most young people do not use drugs or alcohol. Overall
winners in each category were awarded cash prizes of $100 (first place), $50
(second place), and $25 (third place).
Haven Area Rallies Contest Overall Prize Winners
Poster Contest 1st
Place $100.00 - Kariann Martinez from Loughman Oaks
Place $ 50.00 - Glenisse Bruno Vazquez from Loughman Oaks
Place $ 25.00 - Andrew Tysarczyk from Davenport School of the Arts
1st Place $100.00 - Jaida Graham from Dundee Ridge Middle Academy
Place $ 50.00 - Alison Bergeron from Auburndale
Place $ 25.00 - Aidan Copeland from Lena Vista
Essay Contest 1st Place $100.00 - Kaylee Stoudemire from Elbert
2nd Place $ 50.00 - Meaghan Knowles from Lake Alfred
Place $ 25.00 - Ciara Folk from Davenport School of the Arts
School with the Most Contest Participants Overall – Berkley
Guest speaker for the Rallies is Patrick T. Grady, a former middle and high school educator who travels throughout North America encouraging students to do their best in all of their endeavors. Grady is the author of “Who Packs the Parachute,” and co-author of “Teen Power Too,” and “Teen Power and Beyond.”
InnerAct Alliance is proud to have provided substance abuse prevention to the Hardee, Highlands and Polk County communities since 1985 with services including science-based education in elementary and middle schools, teen-driven social marketing, and awareness events that touch the lives of youth, parents, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, community groups and others with an important substance abuse prevention message.
For further information on the Fifth Grade Rallies, please call InnerAct Alliance at (863) 802-0777.
621 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL, United States
InnerAct Alliance, formerly the Drug Prevention Resource Center, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency established in 1985 to reduce the abuse and underage use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs through: Community Awareness and Involvement; Prevention Education; Economic Support; and Leadership Development.
The agency provides substance abuse prevention programs in the Hardee, Highlands and Polk county areas in Central Florida.
InnerAct Alliance also serves as the fiscal agent for the StandUP Polk (adult-based) and UthMpact (youth-based) Coalitions for a Drug-Free Polk. We invite concerned citizens to take an active part in monthly Coalition meetings in Lakeland, FL.
For information, please call InnerAct Alliance at (863) 802-0777.