For the fifth year, the Clayton State Alcohol and other Drug Education and Prevention Team (ADEPT) is the recipient of a $5,000 grant to participate in the Governor's Office of Highway Safety Georgia Young Adult Program.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety addresses young adult driver crashes, injuries and fatalities and partners with colleges and universities throughout the state to implement the Georgia Young Adult Program (GYAP). This program has proven to be successful using strategies such as peer education, providing educational speakers to schools, and encouraging schools to develop creative, innovative techniques to reduce young adult crashes, injuries and fatalities in their communities.
Clayton State charged ADEPT to: compile a comprehensive alcohol and drug policy which includes a residential living component; advise the alcohol and other drug peer education program; and coordinate alcohol and other drug education programs for the Clayton State campus community.
The current grant year started in October and thus far ADEPT has collaborated with several other Clayton State organizations on a variety of programs, says Dr. Brantley Willett, coordinator of Community Standards in the Clayton State Office of Community Standards and the point person for the current grant. These have included collaborating with Housing and Residence Life on a program called Zombie Pong which educates students about the dangers of drinking too much and drinking and driving.
“We also collaborated with the Fraternity and Sorority Council on an event where we used the drunk goggles and students had to try to walk in a straight line while wearing the goggles,” she adds. “Each year we also collaborate with Public Safety on a drunk goggles event using the drunk goggles and golf carts. Students drive the golf carts while wearing the drunk goggles. We also collaborate with Public Safety on seatbelt safety checks.”
Willett also reports that Clayton State is in the process of hiring a Clayton State student as a peer health educator.
“This person will develop and implement programming during the school year to help students understand the dangers and effects of alcohol consumption/drinking and driving,” she says. “This student will also train other peer health educators on campus who will also help educate the student body.”
For more information on the grant view http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/campaigns/georgia-young-adult-program/ .