An alcohol use prevention curriculum for children in grades K-5, this program was originally developed by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers as part of MADD’s National Elementary School Project. It has been designated a Model Program by SAMHSA, a division of the U.S. Department of Health.
PY/PM helps reach children before they fully shaped their attitudes and opinions about youth alcohol use. The curriculum teaches children how to protect themselves and make informed decisions.
The lessons in PY/PM reinforce the fact that the brains of children and adolescents are still maturing and respond to alcohol dramatically differently than those of adults, putting children at much high risk for harm. In addition, the lessons also cover a variety of life skills including media awareness, communication and vehicle safety. The curriculum focuses on the effects of alcohol on the developing brain during the first 21 years of life.
The curriculum provides a series of 40 interactive lessons; eight lessons each for grades K – 5. Each grade level has its own materials and includes parental involvement activities. Curriculum topics include:
- Our Brain
- Growth and Development
- Health and Safety
- Rules and Laws
- Choices and Decisions
- Media Awareness
- Communication and Vehicle Safety
Protecting You/Protecting Me gives students essential knowledge and skills to:
- Increase their non-use attitudes and decisions regarding underage drinking
- Increase their intentions not to ride with an impaired driver
- Improve their ability to protect themselves when they have no option but to ride with a driver who is not alcohol-free
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