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School District of Janesville

Departments * Student Services * ATODA

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use Prevention

Our diverse committee calls on the whole community for support to get involved and take the next steps! If you are interested in more information, know of a student in need of ATODA assistance or want to join the ATODA Committee, please contact the following School District of Janesville staff:

Christine Wesling, Coordinator of Student Services 608-743-5079 cwesling@janesville.k12.wi.us

Prime for Life

What is Prime for Life?

Prime for Life is an alcohol and drug program for people of all ages. It is designed to gently but powerfully challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high-risk alcohol and drug use. The program goals are to reduce the risk for health problems and impairment problems.

A primary goal of Prime for Life is prevention of any type of alcohol or drug problem. This includes prevention of health problems such as alcoholism, or impairment problems such as car crashes or fights. Emphasis is on knowing and understanding risks one can and cannot change.

Using a persuasion-based approach, instructors use a variety of delivery methods, including interactive presentations and small group discussion. Participants use workbooks throughout the course to complete a number of individual and group activities. Material is presented in a DVD platform with animation, full motion clips, and audio clips to enhance the learning experience.

Several themes run throughout Prime for Life. The first is an emphasis on the reality that while all of us can influence another person drinking choices to some degree, none of us can directly control those choices.

Second, Prime for Life is based on objective, documented research findings, not opinion, exaggerations or scare tactics. Third, Prime for Life focuses on information that is needed to bring about behavior change. Participants are not expected to remember the details of the research cited. The content is only one tool used in the persuasion process.

What participants will remember is the critical conclusions that come from hearing the information. Who can experience alcohol and drug problems? How do I estimate biological risk? How do I know what low risk is and how have my alcohol and drug choices progressed? The carefully selected, research based information also provides the credibility needed to promote change.
 

Prime for Life Under 21 Procedures

If your child has been referred to take the Prime for Life class, this is what you do.

1. The student must register to take the Prime for Life class in the Student Services Department of the School district of Janesville. 527 S. Franklin St. Janesville, WI. You will need to complete a registration form and pay the class fee. Class fees are $10 for a student taking Prime for Life due to an expulsion and $60 for students who are taking the class for an underage drinking ticket or for an athletic code violation. You can download a registration form on this website and bring the form with you when you register. Checks should be made out to the School District of Janesville.

2. Once you have registered for the Prime for Life class, the class instructor or student services administrative assistant will contact you regarding the time, date, and location of the class.

3. Complete the 16 hour Prime for Life class.

4. After you have completed the class, the instructor will either give you a compliance report the last night of class to take to court with you or mail out completion letters to district officials.
 

Prime for Life Registration Form Click here