MIAMI and DALLAS, April 11, 2018—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 that 26 Miami-Dade and Broward high schools have implemented the EVERFI’s AlcoholEdu® for High School online curriculum. The alcohol safety education initiative, funded by the Foundation in partnership with Step Up For Students, has now positively impacted more than 1,500 students in South Florida since the kickoff of the program in 2017.
AlcoholEdu® for High School is a 1.5 hour, 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. EVERFI’s AlcoholEdu® for High School is made available to public and private schools in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties for free, with the support of grants from The Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation, Inc.
“April is Alcohol Awareness Month and what better time to recognize the importance of making this important content available to high school students in our community,” commented, Terry Jove, Charitable Director, Southern Glazer’s. “We are thrilled that so many teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors have implemented this program and thank them for their support of our efforts to prevent underage drinking and empower young people to make healthier choices about alcohol. Congratulations to all of the schools that have implemented the AlcoholEdu® for High School program in the 2017/2018 school year.”
High school students who complete the course have demonstrated a meaningful knowledge gain and report that the course prepared them to: avoid riding in a vehicle driven by someone who’s been drinking; stop a friend from driving drunk; establish a plan ahead of time to make responsible decisions; resist social pressure to drink alcohol, and identify when someone has consumed too much alcohol. Teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators in Miami-Dade and Broward counties who are interested in implementing this program for the 2018/2019 school year should contact Emily Moloney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Ensuring that every single secondary school addresses this issue is critical,” said Louis Lazo, Health Curriculum Support Specialist for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. “Funding is extremely important and sponsorships like the one provided by the Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation and Step Up For Students can facilitate school districts with financial assistance needed by so many public educational entities.”
About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more than 20,000 team members. 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 Step Up For Students
Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization that helps manage the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Students who qualify for the national free or reduced-price lunch program, or those who are homeless or in foster or out-of-home care, may qualify. The scholarship program provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice or financial assistance to offset the transportation cost to an out-of-district public school. Since 2001, Step Up has awarded nearly 580,000 scholarships.
Step Up also helps administer the state-funded Gardiner Scholarship Program for Florida students with certain special needs. With the Gardiner Scholarship, recipients may use the funds for a variety of approved services including private tutoring, occupational therapy, instructional materials and other services. For more information, visit: www.StepUpForStudents.org.
About EVERFI, Inc.
EVERFI, Inc. is the leading education technology company that provides learners of all ages education for the real world, through innovative and scalable digital learning. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model and has certified over 16 million learners in critical skill areas. The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 4,200 partners in their education initiatives across all 50 states and Canada. Learn more at EVERFI.com