Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

Drugs and Future Goals

To recall significant personal life events and identify future goals

Draw a timeline on the board for the school year. Include special events planned for each month.

Define the word "goal" with the help of the group. Discuss that important events can be planned by setting realistic goals.

Brainstorm traits needed to set and reach personal goals (for example, self-confidence, determination, courage).

Distribute a piece of legal-sized paper to each child. Have them draw a timeline from the time they began school through age 18.

Have the children write or draw past events (such as births, moves, achievements) and goals for their future.

Ask the children to pick a goal and write a paragraph about what they think they will need to complete this goal.

Ask for volunteers to describe one goal (read the paragraph).

Talk about how alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs would interfere with completion of these goals or be an obstacle to achievements. Include a discussion of the harmful effects of drugs.

Chalkboard or chart paper, chalk or magic marker, legal-sized paper for each student

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