Since Ask, Listen, Learn began in 2004, underage drinking rates are down. Why? Because conversations among parents and educators with their middle schoolers are up.
Ask, Listen, Learn
Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix is the most widely-distributed program of its kind. Recognizing over a decade of success, the program has innovative, science-based digital resources for teachers, school counselors, nurses and other educators to teach kids about what the brain does, what alcohol does to it, and what THAT does to you. The program continues to reach parents to help kids say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking.
The new seven-part animation series aligns with National Health Education Standards, Common Core State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards, ensuring the tools connect with curriculum teachers are already using. This alignment also ensures the resources can be used in multiple classroom settings, such as science and health classes. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reviewed the program content and found it to be consistent with currently available science. These tools also support school counselors’ and school nurses’ efforts to help students make healthy decisions.
In addition to the animated videos and lesson plans, the new content includes interactive classroom activities, vocabulary exercises, comprehension questions, a facilitator’s guide, and a sample letter to parents. All materials are free and ready to download through AskListenLearn.org—creating a one-stop-shop for all resources.
During April—Alcohol Responsibility Month—we teamed up with Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and Attorneys General from over 20 states to help spread our message about starting conversations early and continuing to have them often. Together, we are helping parents and teachers guide kids to make healthy decisions. You can watch our videos below, and be sure to look for more about our partnership with Simone Biles as we encourage parents and educators about starting conversations with kids about underage drinking.