The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley’s SMART Moves grant reaches 358 youth, ages 6 to 15, who attend the Boys & Girls Club and their parents in Knox, Blount, Loudon, Anderson, Scott, and Fentress Counties. SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training), a nationally recognized and field-tested comprehensive program curriculum, uses small group activities to teach young people how to recognize and resist both media influences and peer pressures to engage in alcohol, tobacco, other drug use.
The objective of the SMART Moves program and the Keeping Youth Off Drugs and Alcohol prevention program is to prevent or delay the onset of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. This is accomplished by increasing participants’ knowledge about the harmful consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. It teaches youth social skills needed to resist substance-promoting pressures such as: communication, problem solving, goal setting, finding positive adult role models, positive use of free time, and making positive friendships. These social skills are needed to resist the pressures of these harmful substances. The final goal is to teach parents how to communicate with their children about the harmful consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
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