PRIDE Youth Programs provides age-appropriate programs designed to educate and motivate youth and families in the development of healthy, drug-free youth. PRIDE Youth Programs was instrumental in helping the El Dorado School District receive the 2010 Class 6A Arkansas Healthy School Board Award.
PRIDE Youth Programs (PYP) was added in 1998 as a component of the prevention impact of SHARE Foundation because drug use is the leading cause of death for youth in our country.
Some of the age appropriate programs designed to educate and motivate youth and families in the development of healthy, drug free youth include:
1) The Samantha Skunk program that targets lower elementary students in grades K-2. This program features junior high and high school students dressed in full costumes as a skunk, parrot, and panda to educate younger students about the dangers of tobacco or about prescription drugs.
2) CHAMPS (CHAMPS Have and Model Positive Peer Skills) is a program offered to Union and Calhoun County schools that targets upper elementary students. REAL-Responsible Education for Adolescent Leaders is a training made available to Union County middle school and junior high students. This program empowers students to creatively share information with peers about the harmful effects tobacco, alcohol and other drug use.
At the high school level, PRIDE members create performances using music and drama to promote no use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. PRIDE members reach out to their peers, younger students and the community with an assertive drug-free message.