Eight Washington state high schools, through TOGETHER!, have implemented a Social Norms campaign, which uses posters to teach students the real numbers behind alcohol and drug use. It shows them the majority of kids do NOT use these substances, reversing negative peer pressure. The statistics in the posters are of students in that school, based on a survey the students took the previous year, so students can see the actual behaviors of their peers.. A new poster is put up around the school each month.
Here is TOGETHER! Executive Director Meghan Sullivan talking about Social Norms and showing some of the posters from the Tumwater High School campaign:
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High School Health Project Mini Grants
TOGETHER! offers annual mini-grants to local student groups who want to improve health in their schools. Information will be posted here whenever a grant cycle is open.
Last year's awarded projects:
Starting a peer health educator program at South Sound High School. The Peer Educators were trained to work with their peers to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, and they addressed other health issues too.
Olympia High School launched an after-school program.
Black Hills High School brought in an outside expert to help them improve their school climate.
Community Schools in Tumwater
The "Community Schools" model program sites TOGETHER! staff inside middle and high schools, where they connect at-risk students with the services they need. It's shown to be successful at increasing graduation rates, academic outcomes, and overall student wellness.
We currently run this program in the Tumwater School District, as it just launched in 2014, but hope to expand in the future. If your district is interested in having a Community Schools connection, please set up a meeting with us to discuss it.