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The MASK Academy is a year-long multi-tiered peer-to-peer program that aims to build social and emotional skills in children while helping the school create a positive climate in a manner that helps teachers and school administrators meet educational standards.

Our goal is to improve school climate, build healthy children, and strengthen parent-child bonds through psycho educational information, classroom-based activities, and education on current trending topics through the MASK Academy and MASK The Magazine.

The Parent University is an important part to the MASK Academy. Establishing ongoing communication with your child on these social situations will help lead them to healthy choices.

MASK-DUK-Star-in-Circle-GraphicDid you know?

On average, teenagers who use alcohol, tobacco and marijuana began using them between 12 and 14 years of age with some of the highest risk kids starting to use even earlier.

Your child today was educated on Rx for Prevention

The Gateway Effect: How entry drugs can lead to abuse, and how to help avoid taking the first step.

Each MASK lesson that your child is taught has a MASK kid story. MASK uses a storytelling approach to enhance the learning experience. This is also a great way to initiate conversation about their lesson. Simply ask them what they learned about Sierra.

 

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Sierra’s Story

Sierra and her sister Summer are best friends who have always been there for each other. When Summer started high school, Sierra noticed that Summer started acting differently and spent more time with her new friends instead of Sierra. Summer decided to surprise Sierra with a game night. She went into Summer’s room to grab their favorite board game, but found something she wasn’t expecting to find – a pack of cigarettes. Sierra had learned the difference between safe and unsafe drugs. She knew that this wasn’t a safe drug because it wasn’t prescribed by a doctor or given to her by a trusted adult like Sierra’s allergy medicine. Sierra offered to help Summer say “NO” to drugs and make safe, healthy choices instead. Now, Sierra and Summer are able to spend more time together and they’ve chosen to stay away from unsafe drugs.

 

 

 

 

What you can do?

Teach your kids that many drugs, such as Ecstasy and meth,can look like candy.
Talk to them about drug-related messages they get through TV, movies and music.
Give them the power to escape from situations that make them feel bad. (Role play with them)
Keep discussions about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs factual and focused on the present.
Sign them up for programs that emphasize the positive impact of a healthy lifestyle.
Conversation starters
Do you know what drugs are?
Do you know that drugs can look like candy?
Do you know what smoking can do to you?
Have you ever seen kids sniffing markers or hand sanitizers ? Do you know that can hurt your brain?
Do you know it is OK to have a bad day?
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