Starting a conversation with kids about tough topics can be difficult. How do you get them to open up? Speak their minds? Combat peer pressure?
Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix, a program of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, is the most far-reaching and long-standing programs of its kind. Ask, Listen, Learn has recently partnered with Classroom Champions, a mentoring program that connects top performing athletes with students in high-need schools using video lessons and live video chat to motivate students to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big, while educating them in the practical use of communications technology.
This partnership is important to Responsibility.org because it establishes a place in classrooms around the country for teachers to start a conversation with their students about the dangers of underage drinking.
“Parents should start tough conversations at home,” said Ralph Blackman, President & CEO of Responsibility.org. “However, it’s the teacher’s responsibility to reinforce good decision making outside of the home. It’s through mentors, like Classroom Champions athletes, and through passionate teachers, like the ones we find in this program, that kids truly learn how to be confident, independent young people.”
Partnering with organizations like Classroom Champions is an opportunity for Responsibility.org to reach out to parents and teachers that have a positive influence on our youth. This unique program is proven to successfully impact the kids involved.
“Responsibility.org’s support of Classroom Champions across the U.S. will equip teachers to have quality conversations around the dangers of underage drinking with thousands of students to enhance their health and wellbeing,” said Classroom Champions President and CEO, Steve Mesler. “This commitment to Classroom Champions demonstrates Responsibility.org’s commitment to unique and impactful programming that aims to help change student behavior in positive ways in schools that need the most support.”
We recently went with Steve to Imagine Hope Community Charter School in Washington, DC to talk with some of their students, Classroom Champions participants, about what it means to be part of the program. It was in their pleasant disposition, positive attitudes and eagerness to engage that the evidence of the program’s success became clear. You don’t want to miss out on the action – check out photos from the day here!