Saving Teens in the Upstate from the Rising Tide of Addiction!
Did you know that teens in our community report that 3 out of 10 of their middle school friends are vaping or experimenting with substances?
Did you know this number grows to approximately 8 out of 10 among high school students?
Teen substance use has become our country’s #1 public health crisis.
While working at the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office 5 years ago, our founder and CEO, Martine Helou-Allen, had a vision that every teen- and their family- live free from drug use and addiction. After years of passion and research, she created RIZE Prevention in June 2021.RIZE Prevention offers innovative, evidence-based prevention and early intervention programs as a solution to the rising tide of addiction that is compromising the quality of life of our youth and their families today. Our mission is to empower teens to resist drug use and make healthy lifestyle choices.
Our future, and that of our communities, depends on today’s prevention efforts. Substance dependency is a chronic problem, therefore why not prevent it from ever happening in the first place? RIZE’s programs have been developed in partnership with federal government agencies, in addition to the SC State Department of Education, using the latest prevention science research and recommendations. Our programs “go upstream” and reach teens before they experiment with or initiate drug use. RIZE approaches teens with respect and encouragement. We seek to empower them by giving them knowledge about drug use and active resistance skills, but also enlightening them to why they may be seeking substances to solve their emotional issues, and how this “self-medicating” can lead them to a life of addiction.
iRIZE in Schools
RIZE Prevention’s iRIZE Program in middle schools changes kids’ mindsets about substance use. We teach them that drug use shouldn’t be considered a “rite of passage”, a means to gain autonomy, or a risk-free way to address their emotional needs. The iRIZE Program is designed to support a young teen’s journey of development by engaging their power of choice and providing them with support and skills to resist drugs and live positive lives.
Components of the iRIZE program include:
- Motivational presentations
- Important life skills guidance
- Parent resources
- Mental/behavioral health resources and financial assistance
- iRIZE Club
This 2022-2023 School year iRIZE is at the following middle schools in the Upstate:
- Hillcrest Middle School
- Berea Middle School
- Greer Middle School
- Woodmont Middle School
- Laurens Middle School
- Gray Court-Owings Middle School
- Hickory Tavern Middle School
- Sanders Middle School
Support RIZE Prevention: Help reach more teens in the Upstate!
Visit our website at rizemovement.org and join our email list to find out more information and get news about events, volunteer opportunities, or corporate sponsorships. Or you can donate online and help save the lives of teens facing the battle against drug use and addiction in the upstate of South Carolina. Your donation will go towards being able to provide more middle schools in the upstate with the iRIZE Program.
Check out our website rizeprevention.org and follow us on social media!