Thursday, August 11, 2016

Register Today to RUN BIG at the Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Run

Join Us for all the Fun on Saturday, November 12, 2016!
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A Special Thank You To Our Teachers!

A Special Thank You to Teachers, especially those at InnerAct Alliance!

Congrats on a job well done to:

Tammy Coker

Amy Custred
Charlie Davis
Beverly Feddeler
Kelley Hutchison
Deanne Labozzetta
Kim Martin
Susan White

We 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 program!

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 body.
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 healthy choices.
InnerAct Alliance is a wonderful organization and a treasure for the Central Florida community!”

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 time comes.”

Prevention In Our Schools

Prevention In Our Schools

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. 

Keep a 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.

Too Good 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.

Project 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. 

Tools for Back to School

Tools for Back To School

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 

RUN BIG at Polk County’s Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Fun Run Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Lake Mirror Promenade

RUN BIG at Polk County’s Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Lake Mirror Promenade

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 Start time for the Half Marathon is 6:30 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 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:

"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 or on our Facebook page at"