The Governor's Office for Substance Abuse Prevention is pleased to act as a clearinghouse for the links to web sites that address issues related to prevention. They are grouped into the three linkable categories listed to the right.
The first and second groups include sections for or regarding kids, teens, parents, educators and/or seniors, as well as professionals. Indicators highlight those areas in each site. The first group includes sites that concern substance abuse alone; the second group, "Other Prevention", includes sites that also or only address other areas of prevention such as Internet abuse, fire, injuries and physical or sexual violence, among others.
The third group of sites appeals to prevention professionals.
Are there other links we might want to add? Please let us know (go to the GOSAP contact page).
- Above the Influence
Created for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy), "Above the Influence" is a campaign reflecting what teens across the country say is going on in their lives. The goal is to help teens stay above the influence; the more aware of the influences, the better prepared to stand up to pressures. This site provides another perspective and the latest facts to help make smart decisions. The "SPEAK" section includes opportunities to post videos, photos and writings about personal and friends' experiences. Games, quizzes and PC icons and wallpapers are also provided.
- Building Blocks
"Building Blocks for a Healthy Future" encourages visitors to discover, learn, and explore as a family. This site contains links for educators, children, and the family. The educators' section allows you to copy any documents that can be adapted for use in schools and other settings where children are being taught about alcohol prevention.
- Drug Free America
The Partnership for a Drug Free America is the host of this site. Wondering if drugs are really that bad? Curious why some people can't handle drinking and drugs? Are you concerned about a friend's drug problem? Our Help For Teens section answers these and many other of your pressing questions. Time To Act is a new resource for parents who supect or know their teen is drinking or using drugs. TimetoTalk helps make it easier to talk to your kids about the risks of drugs and alcohol and has free, easy-to-use, research-based tools and tips to help you have ongoing conversations with your kids to keep them healthy and drug-free. The Parent Resource Center offerse support, tools and tips from professionals and other parents.
The Alliance for Consumer Education started providing an Inhalant Abuse Prevention kit in 2004. Its program has expanded into all 50 states. At their web site, you may take part in a discussion board, watch a PSA or download the IAP toolkit.
- Just Think Twice
Created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a resource for teens, this site provides information about drugs to serve as the basis for healthy decisions. Included on the site are on-line magazines, such as "Stumbleweed" and "Got Meth?," several links to other resources and information on substance statistics and law enforcement addressing substance abuse. Also offered is a teacher's manual geared for students of grades 9-12.
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
From its humble beginnings more than 25 years ago, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has evolved into one of the most widely supported and well-liked non-profit organizations in America. MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. Its web site provides research, newsletters, resources and local chapter links for individuals with a similar mission.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
The mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.
NIDA's web site features links to a multitude of resources, including "NIDA for Teens" and "NIDA Goes Back to School," and many publications.
- Not in Our House
Not In Our House is a campaign dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking; it was launched in October 2006, in schools located in the nation's state capitals. The program works to prevent underage drinking where adults host parties and/or provide alcohol; it also informs adults of civil and criminal liabilities associated with such actions.
Information and resources at this site are aimed towards 9th and 10th grade students, as well as parents, teachers, school administrators and counselors.
- Parents - The Anti-Drug
TheAntiDrug.com was created by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to equip parents and other adult caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. In 1998 the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy launched the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a historic initiative to educate and empower all youth to reject illegal drugs, after receiving overwhelming bipartisan Congressional support. The Campaign targets youth ages 9-18—especially the vulnerable middle-school adolescents—their parents, and other adults who influence the choices young people make.
- SAMHSA's NCADI store
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a "store"for their a national clearinghouse for alcohol and drug information (NCADI). NCADI maintains a large catalog of publications, multimedia, posters, and research on many topics. There are also links to funding opportunities and assistance to those applying for funds.
"StopAlcoholAbuse.Gov" is a comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue. People interested in underage drinking prevention-including parents, educators, community-based organizations, and youth-will find a wealth of valuable information here.
- Too Smart To Start
"Too Smart To Start" is a public education initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This program recognizes the importance of working with communities to promote underage drinking prevention messages that can influence attitudes and behavior of 9-13 year olds, parents, and the broader community. The "youth" link contains stories of three young people, a match game, word puzzles, and more links to check into. Look at the "youth", "parents", "partners" and the "community" links for great information.
Other Prevention Topics -
- Administration on Aging (AoA)
The Administration on Aging (AoA) serves as an advocate for aging persons and their concerns. AoA works to heighten awareness about the needs, interests and contributions of seniors. These areas of interest include Alzheimer's resources, caregiver assistance, disaster assistance, Elder rights and resources, housing & financial information, nutrition and healthy lifestyles, seniors' services and volunteer opportunities.
- Adults and Children Together
ACT-Adults and Children Together-Against Violence is a violence prevention project that focuses on adults who raise, care for, and teach children ages 0 to 8 years. It is designed to prevent violence by providing young children with positive role models and environments that teach nonviolent problem-solving. The project includes a national media campaign and training for community professionals.
- Alliance for Consumer Education
The Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) is a non-profit foundation that works to promote the safety, health and well-being of children, families and communities-wherever household and institutional products are used. It was founded by a small group of non-profit organizations and household cleaning product manufacturers, with the goal of creating an organization that provides information on products used in and around the home.
ACE is developing community outreach programs to educate consumers about the valuable role that household products play in protecting public health and on the proper use and safe management of these products. Its programs will address inhalant abuse, disease prevention, poison prevention and product management - materials and information to instruct on the proper use, storage, recycling and disposal of household products, including the risks associated with using home mixed products. ACE has created 2 web sites - http://www.inhalant.org and http://www.stopgerms.org - to address inhalant abuse and disease prevention.
- American Diabetes Association (ADA)
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) provides information and advocacy on behalf of diabetics in the U.S. Its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities; its national call center heard from more than 350,000 people over the last year with questions, concerns or the need for support or direction regarding diabetes and its management.
This site provides a variety of resources to better inform diabetics and their families in the care and prevention of the disease. In addition to research data, it features a newsletter, a listing of events, exercise tips, links to local resources, recipes and a shop offering meal planners, self-care guides and educational materials. The site also offers sections to address specific needs among African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; many materials are offered in multiple languages. One of the more popular features of the site is the MyFoodAdvisor, at which the visitor may find recipes, plan meals and find nutritional information on several food items.
BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). BAM! Body and Mind is designed for kids 9-13 years old and gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The topics were chosen by and are important to kids and are presented using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features.
BAM! Body and Mind also serves as an aid to teachers, providing them with interactive, educational, and fun activities that are linked to the national education standards for science and health.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. The CDC focuses not only on the scientific but also on protecting the health of all people. Its mission is to ensure health protection through promotion, prevention, and preparedness.
The goals of the CDC are:
- Healthy People in Every Stage of Life by reducing health risks, at all stages of life, through the most efficient and effective means possible.
- Healthy People in Healthy Places by ensuring the places we live, work, and play have safe, healthy environments.
- People Prepared for Emerging Health Threats by safeguarding lives and responding to threats from mental health to environmental health.
- Healthy People in a Healthy World by spearheading efforts to improve global health through medical technology, international coalitions, government interventions, and basic behavior changes.
- Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
The Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use provides direction and advice on decision-making skills, motivation and self-control to behave in a safe and legal way while using the internet.
- Children's Safety Network
Children's Safety Network National Resource Center for Injury and Violence Prevention works with prevention programs throughout the country to create an environment of safety and health for children. The Center provides technical assistance, analyzes and interprets injury data; co-partners to promote health and safety; disseminates injury prevention research; conduct trainings and produce publications. It also works with states to address many MCH and IVP tasks, measures and trainings.
Many resources are provided throughout the site on many topics, including webinars, a newsletter, a calendar, publications and presentations. Much of the information will inform parents on safety issues on several topics, including bullying, suicide prevention and teen driving safety. Teens will enjoy "Operation Bodgedab" - the Zombie game, which teaches safety measures on the job.
The Children's Safety Network is a project of Education Development Center, Inc (EDC), a part of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Injury, Violence, and Suicide within EDC's Health and Human Development division, and is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
- Choose Respect
What does it mean to choose respect? Choose Respect is a national initiative sponsored by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that encourages adolescents to adopt healthy behaviors to prevent dating abuse. Choose Respect targets 11- to 14-year-olds with positive messages to help them develop skills to maintain respectful relationships throughout their lives. The web site offers a variety of resources and interactive features. Visit this cool web site to find out how to develop healthy, respectful relationships and prevent teen dating abuse. Create a music video, download buddy icons, or watch the educational video!
ConnectSafely is for everyone involved and interested in the impact of the social Web. This is the central space – linked to from social networks across the Web - for learning about safe, civil use of Web 2.0 together. This is the site that provides blog safety tips AND a forum, where parents, teens, educators, and experts discuss and learn about safe blogging and social networking; where teens, parents, teachers and adult bloggers can learn about the benefits of safe blogging & social networking.
- Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers information on product safety and hazards. It also provides a wealth of information on product recalls and issues involving the safety of children. Kids can learn about safety from "Kidd Safety." The CPSC has also included a crib safety section, featuring safe sleep tips, a listing of crib recalls and a complete listing of the CPSC's crib safety and SIDS reduction publications, which are available for download. Some of the publications are also available in Spanish.
- Focus Adolescent Services
Focus Adolescent Services' web page is a clearinghouse of resources to support families with troubled and at-risk teens. The site also offers a directory of helping organizations, schools and programs, support groups, hotlines and helplines, state information, local resources, and events in the U.S. and Canada.
- Home Safety Council (HSC)
The Home Safety Council ® (HSC) is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home related injuries that result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year. Through national programs, partnerships and the support of volunteers, HSC educates people of all ages to be safer in and around their homes.
- i-SAFE Inc.
i-SAFE Inc. is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to educate and empower youth to make their Internet experiences safe and responsible. The goal is to educate students on how to avoid dangerous, inappropriate, or unlawful online behavior. i-SAFE accomplishes this through dynamic K-12 curriculum and community outreach programs to parents, law enforcement, and community leaders. It is the only Internet safety foundation to combine these elements.
The i-SAFE Youth Empowerment team was created to help Student Mentors take the message of Internet safety to their peers, their family, and their community. The i-PARENT program was designed to help parents team up and bridge the "Digital Divide" that separates them and their kids. And the i-SHIELD program brings together all divisions of law enforcement for one cause - cyber safety.
- Love is Respect
The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (NTDAH - loveisrespect.org) is a 24-hour national web-based and telephone helpline created to help teens (ages 13-18) experiencing dating abuse. The National Domestic Violence Hotline operates the helpline and web site. Liz Claiborne Inc. initiated and funded the web site with a multi year, million dollar grant as part of the Company's commitment to help end teen dating abuse in this country.
Teens and parents anywhere in the country can call toll free, 866-331-9474 or log on to the interactive Web site, loveisrespect.org, and receive immediate, confidential assistance. The web site will be the first interactive dating abuse web site, staffed by trained advocates, where teens can write and immediately get assistance in a one-on-one private chat room.
- National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is the leading cause of death in abusive head trauma cases. An estimated 1,200 to 1,400 children are injured or killed by shaking every year in the United States. Actual numbers may be much higher as many likely go undetected. The National Center has a mission to educate and train parents and professionals, and to conduct research that will prevent the shaking and abuse of infants in the United States. This web site has been designed to be helpful to professionals and parents looking for information, ideas and answers to questions about SBS, a tragic form of child abuse.
- National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA)
The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) was formed to prevent drowning through education, public awareness, effective barrier codes, and greater prevention/protection. The NDPA's goal is to address drowning in all age groups in swimming pools, open bodies of water and household products, such as tube and buckets. Their site contains also contains links to other sites that address safety in water on many levels.
- National Guard Online Community
National Guard Online Community provides information for anyone who has been affected by deployment. The National Guard Family Program provides resources, support and training to meet the needs of a guard family. The National Guard Child and Youth Program (NGCYP) has created the "Youniversity Mall." At each "store" you will find information on subjects such as stress management, health and fitness, how to be a friend, and how to deal with a parent's deployment.
- National Youth Gang Center
The purpose of the National Youth Gang Center (NYGC) is to reduce youth gang involvement and crime by providing information, resources, tools, and expertise, resulting in effective gang prevention, intervention, and suppression. In this efffort, the Center conducts assessments of youth gang activity, develops/provides resources and provides training and technical assistance to support of community-based prevention, intervention, and suppression.
- No Name Calling Week
This project is targeted at grades 5-8. This link is a resource guide which includes an overview of the campaign, instructions for organizing and publicizing No Name-Calling Week in individual schools, lesson plans and other curricular material, and further resources for those interested in extending the experience. The project also includes a 27-minute video about name-calling targeting grades 5-8. The video is accompanied by a Teacher Resource Book that includes teaching ideas and fact sheets. In addition to the resource materials and video, stickers and posters are available to support the program. Order or download these resources here.
- Pacer Center
PACER Center is a non-profit organization that provides training and information to families of children and youth with all disabilities. This site provides all sorts of resources such as publications, online materials, support and workshops to help make decisions pertaining to their children with disabilities. PACER also addresses peripheral issues such as bullying, housing and involvement of grandparents.
This web page (in Spanish) discusses why statutory rape and sexual coercion of minor teens by adults is a problem. On this web site you will find warning signs of abusive relationships (borrowed from http://www.ChooseRespect.org), radio spots, a brochure in Spanish that discusses how to avoid sexual coercion (under "Recursos") and other national links.
- Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet)
The Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet) is a coalition of Canadians concerned about bullying. PREVNet's web site will ultimately include: training modules, continuing education credit courses for professionals, toolkits, listings of current interventions, multi-media resources and links to other bullying sites. This site is available in both and English and French.
- Safe Kids
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. More than 450 coalitions in 16 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. A new section in 2009 is Raising Safe Kids: One Stage at a Time. It's designed to help parents learn how to keep kids safe from serious injury throughout childhood (babies to age 14) by addressing the stages in growth and development of children and how their abilities and limitations place them at risk for unintentional injury.
SeniorNavigator is a national model for aging and disability resources. SeniorNavigator brings health and aging resources to seniors, caregivers, adults with disabilities and their families; it is a public/private partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Department for the Aging, local governments, and hundreds of private sector partners.
- That's Not Cool
Sponsored and co-created by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the Office on Violence Against Women and the Ad Council, this website is for anyone who is pressured by their peers, boyfriends or girlfriends using instant messaging, cell phone and social network settings. It shows video scenarios of two-sided stories that tell about peer pressure by textual harassment, peer pressure, privacy issues, rumors and more, while offering help from the National Teen and Dating Hotline and a host of other resources.
Injury is the leading cause of death among children and teens. The most frequent causes of these injuries are motor vehicle crashes, violence, falls, sports and recreation. The good news is that most injuries are preventable! The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation's award-winning, evidence-based programs are aimed at helping people learn to reduce their risk for injury. The message is: You can have a fun-filled, exciting life, without hurting yourself if you "ThinkFirst." Use this website as a resource for locating chapter sites, utilizing interactive online learning, and ordering educational products. We also invite you to be a part of our effort to reduce injuries by becoming a ThinkFirst Member or making an honorary or memorial donation. Working together, we can play a significant role in helping kids learn to "ThinkFirst!"
- Under YOUR Influence
Raising children if one of the most difficult challenges you will ever face in life. As a parent, you want to guide and protect them, but also let them develop and learn; particularly in matters that involve automobile safety. Automobile accidents is the leading cause of death for teens, making your influence more important than ever. Under YOUR Influence serves as a resource and link to information on how to teach your child to drive and establish rules that will protect them as either driver or passenger.
- United States Fire Administration
The U.S. Fire Administration web site contains resources for the U.S. Fire Service, information on the National Fire Academy, safety and prevention information for citizens, publications and fire-related funding opportunities. There is also information on safety during natural disasters.
- Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE)
Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) is a product of cooperation among local, state, and federal governments, and citizens. It is an educational outreach program of Virginia's land grant universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, and a part of the national Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.
VCE addresses many challenges that face all of us on a daily basis. To assist in these daily tasks, VCE has created "Family and Consumer Sciences Publications," a listing of publications that address many nutritional and health-related issues. Their web site provides a link to this list, as well as many other features of their programs. Their site also features a section called "Parenting and Families," which lists more links to sites that address issues that crop up in family life.
- White Ribbon Campaign
The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is a worldwide effort to end violence against women. Campaigns focusing on the education of men and boys are being conducted by both men and women in more than 55 countries. In some countries it is a general public education effort focused on ending violence against women. In others, annual events direct attention to the problem. The emphases of the program are to open discourse, educate (particularly men and boys), raise awareness, partner with other like-minded organizations and support local WRC campaigns.
- Y Street
Y Street is an organization of over 1,500 young activists who try to prove to teens that a smoke-free lifestyle is cool and social and to fight tobacco advertising that is aimed towards young people. Y Street members fight for these goals by hosting parties, leading projects and participating in activism. Y Street also gives teens community service hours and opportunities with hands-on experiences in areas such as marketing, promotion and leadership.
- Youth Crime Watch of America
Youth Crime Watch of America brings youth of all backgrounds together to identify and correct problems unique to their schools and communities. The YCW program empowers youth to take an active role in addressing the problems around them. Youth take ownership of their own YCW program for their school, neighborhood, public housing site, recreational center or park.
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- The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV)
The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) provides informed assistance to those committed to understanding and preventing violence, particularly adolescent violence through basic research, training and technical assistance, and dissemination of information. CSPV is located in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder; it maintains extensive violence prevention databases on its web site; promotes Blueprints for Violence Prevention; establishes safe school planning policies and processes, and administers Homeland Security assessments.
The Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR), at the University of Maryland at College Park, is dedicated to addressing the problems substance abuse creates for individuals, families, and communities.
The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention is under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The CSAP works with States and communities to develop comprehensive prevention systems that create healthy communities in which people enjoy a quality life. This includes supportive work and school environments, drug- and crime-free neighborhoods, and positive connections with friends and family.
- Hamilton Fish Institute
The Hamilton Fish Institute, at George Washington University, works to assist in prevention and school violence intervention in schools. It seeks to train educators on all levels, social service professionals and law enforcement and to provide information on school violence across the United States. The Institute also consults on strategies and programs to address violence prevention and provides assistance to policymakers on all governmental levels. Within its site you will find a searchable database on violence prevention, research papers, and literature reviews. Many publications are offered that address youth mentoring, truancy and creating a safe learning environment
- National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center
The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC) is a Federal resource for communities working to prevent violence committed by and against young people. The mission of the NYVPRC is to provide key leaders in communities-city managers/leaders and community leaders-with dynamic resources to help support their efforts to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate effective youth violence prevention efforts. See About Us for more complete details about the NYVPRC.
The Center provides information on and links to prevention programs, training opportunities, funding resources, publications, E-newsletters and crisis hotlines. Topics covered in these resources include the following:
- alcohol abuse
- dating violence
- school violence
The official web site for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Click on "Prevention" on the home page to get information on programs, strategies, prevention principles and publications. Under "resources", you will find links to other prevention resources.
Funding Resources -
- Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has databases on funding, grant writing, and grant research.
- Funding Alert
Provides a weekly synopsis of current fellowships, scholarships, and grants that may be used to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking.
- Funding Sources Page (.pdf)
State Funding: state funding sources are summarized in the linked chart.
Federal Funding: announcements and applications are listed for more than 900 Federal grant programs across 26 Federal agencies.
- Join Together
Join Together has links to funding and other prevention resources.
- National Center for Mental Health Promotion & Youth Violence Prevention
The National Center for Mental Health Promotion & Youth Violence Prevention serves grantees of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program. The Center's expertise is enhanced by a valuable group of partner organizations with expertise in promoting mental health and preventing violence and substance abuse as well as in important issues such as cultural competence and human development.
- SAMHSA Grants Home Page
This site lists Web pages that describe new grant material available online from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provide information needed by applicants and lists anticipated funding opportunities.