- Digital course helps students make better choices about alcohol safety and gives teachers additional e-learning resources during COVID-19 -
The Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation, Inc.—established by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to fund programs that support alcohol safety and underage drinking prevention—today announced the AlcoholEdu for High School online curriculum is now available at no cost for all public and private high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida, Dallas and Collin counties in Texas, and Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, and Richmond counties in New York for the 2020-2021 school year. After successfully launching the program in South Florida in 2017 and then Dallas in 2019, the Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation is proud to further expand the AlcoholEdu for High School program into New York for this latest school year. The program will be available in these three markets for the next three years, through the 2022-2023 school year.
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Developed by leading education technology company EVERFI, AlcoholEdu for High School is a 90-minute, interactive course that engages students with science-based alcohol education and interactive exercises, providing an individualized experience that changes perceptions, motivates behavior change, and supports healthier decisions regarding alcohol.
With more than 55.1 million students across 124,000 schools in the U.S. impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been increased interest in digital education programs such as AlcoholEdu for High School that help lighten the load for teachers and districts and provide students with critical education resources. More than 7,600 students completed Southern Glazer’s AlcoholEdu for High School course in the 2019-2020 school year, with nearly half of those taking the course after school closures began in mid-March. Since the kickoff of Southern Glazer’s program in 2017, the initiative has reached more than 11,000 students across 85 high schools, with the completion of more than 11,500 hours of learning.
AlcoholEdu for High School takes a public health approach to alcohol education in schools, incorporating evidence-based prevention methods to create meaningful results. Through this scalable online program, which has been proven to reduce negative consequences associated with underage drinking, schools can reach all students with a consistent message and empower them to make safer and healthier decisions about alcohol.
"I liked the focus on facts and science rather than moralistic judgments," commented a participating teacher from Florida. "Kids respond to facts, not just preaching ‘drinking is bad’ and that's what this curriculum delivers."
"The most important aspect of AlcoholEdu is that it helped me become more aware of people's movements and behaviors while drinking and the warning signs of alcohol use," said a participating student from Texas. "It helped me understand what to do when someone might be in danger and the side effects of alcohol use."
Teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators in the available counties who are interested in implementing this program for the 2020-2021 school year should contact the following EVERFI Implementation Managers:
About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol, and proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned company. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers.
About EVERFI, Inc.
EVERFI is an international technology company driving social change through education to address the most challenging issues affecting society ranging from financial wellness to prescription drug safety to workplace conduct and other critical topics. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) community engagement platform and has reached more than 41 million learners globally. Recognized as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2020, EVERFI powers community engagement in a sustained manner to empower individuals and organizations to make an impact within their communities. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, as well as Advance, Rethink Education, Rethink Impact, The Rise Fund, and TPG Growth. To learn more about EVERFI and how you can #answerthecall please visit everfi.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter @EVERFI
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