NextStep's \logo symbolizes its two core values: "Nothing but the Truth About Drugs..." and "Kids Teaching Kids."
The words are juxaposed to reflect their connectiveness and the logical mentoring process when middle school students graduate from being mentorees to becoming the mentors.

Middle School

Drug Use Is Life Abuse has developed a drug education program that provides the next logical step that continues the education process and meets the needs of the middle-school aged student.

The Next Step educational program uses high school students to mentor junior high school students with continuing drug education efforts. This highly participatory program is designed to change with the trends of the particular time and involves both parents and students to educate and promote a clear no use message. Many of the junior high school students who graduate from the program move on to become Next Step mentors as high school students. This program has been highly successful and the written testimonies received from many of the studies have been extraordinary.

Goals

  • The Next Step intends to effectively reduce the number of students who use drugs for the first time, reduce the number of students currently abusing substances, and overcome the number and strength of risk factors (personal, school, family and community).

  • The Next Step educational program uses high school students to mentor junior high school students with continuing drug education efforts.

  • Next Step is highly participatory, utilizing small group discussions, hands on demonstrations, role-playing, follow-up practice and parent involvement.

  • The Next Step is a six-week drug educational program that addresses the drugs that are commonly abused in the regional area that the program is being taught. 


Drug Use Is Life Abuse | P.O. Box 28 | Santa Ana, CA 92702