To respond to the growing need for teen-targeted educational resources, the Partnership developed the new Above the Influence (ATI) Toolkit. This 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. The Above the Influence 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.
This turn-key toolkit includes a flexible Facilitator Guide with skill-building exercises on how to identify, handle and help friends through relatively normative teen stress. These activities help teens identify pressures around them, use skills to avoid negative influences and exercise effective communications and listening skills. 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.
Also included in the toolkit is information about the real dangers of medicine abuse. A video, titled “Not Prescribed,” and an accompanying discussion guide address the issue of teen prescription drug abuse as a potentially risky and ineffective way youth may cope with stress. The video shows the stories of four real families who have been impacted by this issue.
To learn more and download the ATI Toolkit, visit our Above the Influence Partners page.