Featured Grant Recipient: “Every 15 Minutes” Program
The “Every 15 Minutes” program is a two-day program for Lincoln High School and Phoenix High School juniors and seniors; challenging them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends, their community, and many others.
The program’s goals and objectives focus on bringing together a broad coalition of interested local agencies with the goal of reducing alcohol-related incidents among youth. The partnering of the California Highway Patrol, local law enforcement, local hospitals, emergency medical responders, schools, businesses, and service clubs validates the importance of working together to ensure a healthy community. The two-day ‘Every 15 Minutes’ program is very dramatic and emotional, and purposely so. Teenagers are constantly reminded about the choices they have to make involving alcohol and how many others are affected by their decisions. They know the intellectual statistics. However, many teens share the belief it will never happen to them. This powerful program is designed to create awareness among students that they are not invincible. This program helps open the emotional doors, and the teenagers experience firsthand how their actions affect the lives of so many other people.