Virginia ABC offering BOLT program online
The revamped program, which was first offered in 2014, provides educators free training and resources designed to serve as a guide to preventing youth substance use at this pivotal developmental stage. BOLT was created to dovetail with the Virginia Department of Education Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Standards of Learning (SOLs) and support middle school prevention activities including in-classroom curriculum instruction and participation in substance use awareness campaigns.
“Middle school is a time when many students are exposed to alcohol and other drugs for the first time,” said ABC Education and Prevention Manager Katie Crumble. “BOLT allows us to effectively reach this critical age group and equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy life choices.”
The goals for BOLT include increasing students’ ability to:
- demonstrate knowledge of the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the body and brain.
- identify substance use consequences.
- understand the importance of peer leadership and positive decision making.
- recognize youth substance use influences and the key concepts of social providing and peer pressure.
With uncertainty about students returning to the classroom still lingering in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, BOLT materials are being offered in formats to incorporate in both in-person and distance learning lesson plans. Classroom resources can be presented through screen share, and worksheets can be uploaded to a school’s online platform for distribution.
For more information about ABC’s BOLT program and additional resources to address the prevention of youth substance use, visit www.abc.virginia.gov/education/programs/bolt.