Project ALERT is an exemplary model program designed to reduce both the onset and regular use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and inhalants. The program consists of a two-year prevention curriculum which is being implemented in two middle schools in the Jackson Public School District and two community-based after school programs. The program consists of 11 sessions during the first year and three booster sessions during the second year.
Project ALERT's curriculum is guided by five assumptions:
1. Adolescents start using drugs primarily because of social influences and because they want to emulate behavior they view as mature and independent.
2. Drug prevention programs must help students develop the motivation to resist using drugs.
3. Drug prevention programs should target substances that are used first and most widely by young people.
4. Much adolescent behavior stems from modeling the behavior of those they admire.
5. Adolescents are much more likely to absorb new information and learn new skills when they are actively involved in the learning process.
MJCPC is certified by the Mississippi State Department of Mental Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Project ALERT is funded by a grant received from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Office of National Drug Control Policy.