Above the Influence Toolkit

Above the Influence
The new Above the Influence (ATI) Toolkit enhances the existing ATI program efforts and furthers its goals with new individual and group activities that can help teens make healthier decisions, with the support of adults who value them. The new resource includes teen-informed activities that can be used with youth 12-17 years old across a variety of community settings to boost confidence, and prevent risk-taking behaviors, including alcohol and drug-abuse. A 10-minute video entitled “Not Prescribed”, is also a key feature of the toolkit and tells the four real life stories of families impacted by medicine abuse.

This turn-key toolkit includes a flexible Facilitator Guide with skill-building exercises about how to identify, handle and help friends through relatively normative teen stressors. Teen Activity Sheets are also included, and adults or peer-mentors can easily integrate some or all of the new activities in existing school, community group and faith-based programs. Facilitation tips are provided within the guide, and sessions can be customized according to the interests and needs of individual communities.

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