Friendly PEERsuasion Program

The Friendly PEERsuasion program is a unique response to girls' needs because it approaches drug-abuse prevention as a peer issue, using the positive influence of young people modeling healthy behavior.

Phase I:
Girls ages 11 to 14 go through a series of workshops that train them as facilitators to provide programming on decision-making, assertiveness, and communication skills. They also practice walking away from situations where they feel pressured to use alcohol or drugs.

Phase II:
The newly trained “PEERsuaders” plan substance-abuse prevention activities for groups of children ages 6 through 10. The older girls are role models and leaders.

An independent evaluation showed that Friendly PEERsuasion helped to delay girls' use of harmful substances, especially by giving them the skills to leave situations where their peers were using drugs.

Middle Schools sites:
El Sausal Middle School – E. Salinas,Harden Middle School – N. Salinas, N. Monterey County Middle School – Castroville,Seaside Middle School – Seaside Los Arboles Middle School – Marina, Rancho San Justo – Hollister, Main St. Middle School – Soledad, Vista Verde Middle School – Greenfield, Chalone Peaks Middle School – King City, Rolling Hill Middle School, Watsonville

Elementary Schools sites:
Los Padres Elementary School - E. Salinas, Natividad Elementary School - N. Salinas Gabilan Elementary School – Soledad, Oak Avenue Elementary School - Greenfield Del Rey Elementary School - King City, Castroville Elementary School – Castroville, Marina Vista Elementary School – Marina, Ord Terrace Elementary School - Seaside, Laddlane Elementary - Hollister, Boronda Meadows - Salinas, Freedom Elementary - Watsonville.

If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast office at (831) 772-0882.

Program begins for 7th grade girls December -March
Click for Program Application for 7th grade girls

Program begins for 5th grade girls April -May
Click for Program Application for 5th grade girls

Highlights from program