Freddy the Frog
FREDDY is a fun and loveable pal. FREDDY reinforces, at an early age, the dangers of using drugs and encourages children to live happy and healthy lifestyles and to always refuse using drugs.
FREDDY's sole purpose is to work in the area of drug prevention along with his community partners to help promote drug prevention messages that are consistent and age appropriate. He loves young people and encourages fun drug free activities and empowers children to always think of the dangers associated with using drugs and the harmful effects that drugs have on the body.
FREDDY stands by the Department for National Drug Control's adage which says:
This is your life,
No place for drugs.
Als Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices
The Department of National Drug Control received the support from the Department of Education to introduce the Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices programme.
The Al's Pals is a comprehensive curriculum and teacher training program that develops social-emotional skills, self-control, problem-solving abilities, and healthy decisionmaking in children ages 3-8 years old. The program is recognized as an evidence-based model prevention program. Through fun lessons, engaging puppets, original music, and effective teaching approaches approximately 400 students in both the public and private school have been exposed to the Als Pals philosophy.
By training 89 classroom teaching staff in Al's Pals, and by putting Al's Pals in over 75% of pre-school classrooms, the Prevention Unit is responsible for nearly 500 communitybased people providing prevention messages at the local level.
The Department for National Drug Control has implemented an afterschool programme in both Dellwood and Whitney Institute Middle Schools, with plans to implement this same program in two other middle schools, this upcoming school year. The focus of the program is social emotional learning (SEL). SEL is a process for learning life skills. Such skills include how to deal with oneself, others/relationships, and school in an effective manner. In the first school year 2011, the programme reached 30 students in hopes to give the students coping skills to deal with day to day pressures.