MAST (McIntosh Advocating for a Substance free Tomorrow) is a nonprofit organization focused on preventing underage substance abuse in McIntosh County.
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The MAST website aims to be a hub for the McIntosh County community by connecting parents and youth with resources, providing facts about the risks, empowering youth to take the pledge to be substance-free, and supporting the community in our common goal to prevent underage substance abuse in McIntosh County.
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The mission of MAST (McIntosh Advocating for a Substance free Tomorrow) is to provide education and information regarding the harmful effects of alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs in youth ages 9-20, with a goal to prevent substance abuse in McIntosh County’s youth.
We aim to prevent underage substance abuse through two main strategies:
Too Good for Drugs
Too Good For Drugs is an evidence-based K-12 curriculum that teaches character development skills and substance abuse prevention methods through age-appropriate, engaging lessons. From elementary through high school, Too Good For Drugs empowers students to make good choices.
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At the elementary school level, skills and developmental topics build on the core skill set to broaden the student’s sense of self-efficacy and confidence. Lessons are tailored to the intellectual, cognitive, and social development of the student.
Interactive games and activities help students visualize and apply the strategies and skills directly, so they can begin to apply them in their daily life right away. These additional concepts include:
Substance use and its effect on the body are introduced
when developmentally appropriate. In the youngest grades, the lessons develop an understanding of what is healthy to put in the body and what is not. This foundation prepares students for discussions about tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use in later elementary years.
TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS
At the Middle School level, skill development is at the core of Too Good for Drugs, a universal K-12 prevention education program designed to mitigate the risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use.
The lessons introduce and develop skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, developing self-efficacy, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure and influence.
Too Good for Drugs teaches five essential character development skills, which research has linked with healthy development and academic success:
TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS
The evidence-based Too Good for Drugs High School prepares students with the skills they need for academic, social, and life success. Students continue their social skills learning to prepare them to navigate the challenges of social and academic pressures and manage them without turning to substance use to cope.
Protective skills include:
TGFD Lessons foster analysis and discussion of the effects of ATOD use as well as prescription and OTC drug use and various nicotine delivery devices. Interactive games and activities provide practical guidance on dating and relationships, building healthy friendships, and refusing negative peer influence.
Collaborative and experiential learning strategies immerse the students in the skills demonstrated to prevent risky behaviors like substance use.
Positive Cultural Framework
Positive Culture Framework is a research-based technique, designed to improve health and safety in communities, especially among school-age students and/or community members in the workplace.
The Positive Cultural Framework looks at how attitudes, perceptions and beliefs shape community norms. This concept is based on shared values and beliefs that already exist in a social culture, in order to improve health and safety concerns.
The Positive Culture Framework (PFC) is based on the past and ongoing research projects at the Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University, to investigate how a cultural approach to prevention and public health modifies, or might modify, substance abuse, violence and/or traffic safety. It addresses key skills (the “how”), the steps in the process (the “what”, and the context for doing the work (the “where”).
PCF’s approach builds on improving health and safety by providing detailed steps and addressing leadership, communication and integration skills to successfully navigate the process, by building on the assumption that the skills already exist in the community.
This is done primarily by increasing protective behaviors and decreasing risky behaviors across the social landscape.