Drug and alcohol prevention is a key area of focus at the Addiction Coalition. We realize that in order to effectively prevent addiction and better our community, we must begin with children. In the fall of 2010, we began a partnership with Cornerstone school in downtown Birmingham in an effort to provide the students with education and mentors that will encourage drug prevention. This joint venture began by implementing drug prevention curriculum at Cornerstone designed specifically for students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Now that the curriculum is underway, we are happy to say that we have developed a mentoring program that will help further the students' knowledge of the curriculum, help each student set goals for themselves, and help prevent the likelihood of the students to use illegal substances.
Currently, we have seven students from Samford University committed to serving as mentors for these students at Cornerstone. Each week, the mentors travel to Cornerstone, spend lunch time with a small group of students, and go over the week's lesson. The program began on March 23, 2011 and has been a huge success so far. We will strive to ensure this program's continued success and know that the mentors are truly making a difference in the students' lives!