Wake Up! Drug Education program for Youth

Wake Up! is a drug education diversion program for individuals aged 12-22 who have been arrested for drug and/or alcohol related charges. This three-part program allows participants to consider their choices and thought processes in an environment where they are free from judgement and are given perspective regarding the decisions they make.

UPDATE! WakeUp! Drug education program has now gone virtual!   

Participants no longer will do the visit to Banner Medical Center, but will complete the entire course virtually through a combination of Zoom and Google classroom.

In order to complete the program successfully, the participants complete 10 hours of community service, an alternative project in lieu of the hospital visit, and a 500-word essay to express their journey throughout the program. 


Please click here to register for the WakeUp! Drug Education Program

The WakeUp Program is funded by a grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Wake Up!

Recommended for youth who have had a first-time offense for substance use
  • 94% of previous participants have not been re-arrested for a similar offense since completing Wake Up!.
  • 81% of the youth in Wake Up! said they would say no if offered alcohol
  • 70% of the youth in Wake Up! reported they would say no if someone offered them marijuana or hashish
  • 96% of the youth said they would recommend Wake Up! to their peers

Real Stories

Testimonials from just a few of our valuable program participants, educators, and community members.

Illicit Fentanyl (non-prescription NOT manufactured in a legal pharmaceutical facility) abuse is on the rise on Arizona, in epidemic proportions.  It is extremely dangerous and much more powerful than other drugs.  Pills are being found in our communities across Arizona and there is no way to tell by looking at them what they contain.  Fentanyl is being added to other street drugs to increase their potency and drive addiction.  Agencies…

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- Illicit Fentanyl Pills Circulating in Arizona

WakeUP Description: Wake Up is an alcohol and drug education program that targets offenders 12-22 years of age. It is designed to address behaviors and attitudes towards drugs and alcohol by exposing youth to real life consequences of impaired decision making. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their beliefs about alcohol and drug use and its effects on their lives: themselves, family, friends and community.  Outcomes: 187 youth…

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- Youth Substance Abuse education

(Marana, Arizona) Arizona Youth Partnership (AzYP) received funding from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in the amount of $11,000 to support and expand the Wake Up! Program. The Wake Up! diversion program is an 8-hour alcohol and drug education prevention program for youth 12 to 22 years of age, cited or arrested for alcohol and/or drug related offenses. The diversion program consists of three sessions: Session One is an…

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- Arizona Youth Partnership receives funding for WakeUp! Program


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- WakeUp Program

Everyday we are developing new ways to deliver our programs! Here's a great story of how we have transitioned our WakeUp! Program to a virtual format! On April 4th, 2020 the Wake Up! Program had its first virtual Saturday class due to COVID-19.  The Wake Up! Program is a drug and alcohol educational diversion course for young people ages 10-22. The in-person Wake Up! program is held on the first…

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- Wake Up! Has gone virtual!

Teen Maze held at Canyon Del Oro High School

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- Teen maze shows teens the realities of poor choices Tucson Weekly Media
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