School Based Programs


Dial Help provides age appropriate programs for local area schools.

School Based

Fifth Grade:
TAR WARS is a two-session tobacco prevention curriculum of the American Academy of Family Physicians. This program is offered to all area fifth graders by Dial Help Prevention Services in collaboration with the Copper Country Tobacco-Free Coalition. The program is the recipient of the United States Secretary of Health Award (1990-1991) for “Outstanding community health promotion project”. This program is free.

Middle or High School:
PROJECT STARR (Students Talking About Responsible Relationships) is an empowerment group series of educational discussion groups for 12 to 18-year-old males and females. Small groups meet for 8 to 14 sessions per semester to examine healthy relationships and the impact and issues related to prevention of victimization. Participants are generally divided into gender and age specific groups. Members may self-refer or be referred by community/school professionals. There is no charge for this program.

DISCOVERY and CHALLENGE GROUPS are youth development groups for teens. Discovery serves at-risk youth in a collaboration with area school districts. Small groups of students in area Middle Schools meet once a week during study hall for discussion sessions. The groups also participate in recreational outings, team building, and problem-solving initiatives as well as discussion to enhance self-awareness, self-efficacy, and character development. There is no charge to participants in the partner school.

DRIVER’S EDUCATION AND ALCOHOL SAFETY PRESENTATION is available to area schools for their driver training classes. The presentation is a one-hour presentation including penalties for drivers. There is a $50 fee for this program.

CLASS ACTION – The curriculum consists of 8-10 group sessions in which students divide into teams to research, prepare, and present mock civil cases involving hypothetical persons harmed as a result of underage drinking. Using a casebook along with audio taped affidavits and depositions, teens review relevant statutes and case law to build legal cases they then present to a jury of their peers. Case topics include drinking and driving, fetal alcohol syndrome, drinking and violence, date rape, drinking and vandalism, and school alcohol policies. Students also research community issues around alcohol use and become involved in local events to support community awareness of the problem of underage drinking. Class Action is an Evidence Based Practice.

Project TOWARDS NO DRUG ABUSE (Project TND) is a drug use prevention program for high school youth. The current version of the curriculum is designed to help students develop self-control and communication skills, acquire resources that help them resist drug use, improve decision making strategies, and develop the motivation to not use drugs. It is packaged in 12 40-minute interactive sessions to be taught by teachers or health educators. The TND curriculum was developed for high-risk students in continuation or alternative high schools. It has also been tested among traditional high school students. TND is an Evidence Based Practice.