Our youth program, Project Connect is a mentor-style program designed to help youth become agents of change in their own communities. This program helps participants 1) understand the potentially negative health consequences of alcohol, 2) recognize the impact and implications of the excess availability of alcohol outlets in their communities, and 3) experience the power of change which is possible through education, engagement, partnership and through personal and social action.
Our youth programs model is designed to make a collective impact by work with local youth, local service providers, local stakeholders and local youth allies to most effectively implement relevant and effective program in each area.
Project Connect utilizes a collaborative approach through an environmental prevention strategy to work with youth and address the alcohol related heath harms that potentially affect all residents in their local communities.
Project Connect currently works in conjunction with the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition to inform groups about the impact of the high density of alcohol outlets in the neighborhood and lend support in creating incentives for stores to undergo conversion to become healthy retail outlets.
Project Connect also collaborates with the San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership Alcohol Work-group to make recommendations which address alcohol related safety concerns for the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.
Sine 2011, we have proudly partnered with The Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco to develop The Tenderloin Environmental Prevention Project – a youth-driven, interactive, fair-like event where attendees can learn from their peers about the community norms, access to and consequences of alcohol and other addictive drugs. The goal of the program is to empower and educate youth to be proactive in their communities to help eliminate or reduce alcohol and substance use among youth.