Phone: (309) 827-0377

Prevention and Education

At Project Oz, we support drug-free communities. Why? Because it’s a healthy, safe, and happy way to live.

"A lot of other programs that teach about drugs and how you should never drink or smoke are super boring, but you are really good at it. I’m glad you were the teacher."

"I thought I would be hearing dull facts I had heard a million times before, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really loved when we did the role play. It was funny!"

To start, here is what we do:

  • We teach evidence-based courses in schools that explain the consequences of drug use as well as skills and strategies for not getting involved with drugs. It begins with critical skills like peer refusal skills, decision-making, goal setting, and managing emotions.
  • We advise the Youth Action Board, a group of motivated teenagers who do things around the community to support drug-free lifestyles. These teens develop prevention messages, assist with Prescription Take-Back Days, lead in-school media campaigns and much more.
  • The coalition supports the Say Yes to No student group which runs a Social Norms campaign at Heyworth High school.
  • We advise the Heyworth Community Partners Coalition about events, media releases, and more that support a community-wide approach to safe and healthy living with a focus on preventing underage drinking. If you live in Heyworth and want to know more about this initiative, call us at 309-827-0377.

The result? More students and their parents are aware that NOT using drugs is the norm. Students report feeling less pressure to drink or use other drugs, and they feel more free to ask tough questions knowing that we’re there to give straight answers.

Parent Tips & Tools

You can make a difference in your child’s life. There are great ways to help them avoid the temptation to get involved with alcohol and other drugs, and you can help your child make safer choices.

  • Communicate calmly and clearly
  • Encourage positive behavior
  • Talk to your child often and be a good listener
  • Negotiate emotional conflicts with your teens and work toward a solution
  • Set Limits calmly and have consequences
  • Supervise your teen to assure they don’t spend too much unsupervised time with their peers
  • Monitor your teen’s whereabouts

The following tools can help you, too.

Resources for alcohol and drug prevention

Bloomington-Normal Parents:  Talking to Your Teen About Alcohol & Drugs 

Parent Talk Kit About Preventing Drug & Alcohol Abuse

The Parent Toolkit

How Parents Can Prevent Drug Abuse (and more)

Alcohol’s Effect on the Developing Adolescent Brain

A Parents’ Guide to Raising Drug-Free Teens

Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

Drug Facts:  Heroin & More