Arizona Youth Partnership receives funding for WakeUp! Program

(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:

  1. Session One is an orientation and Choice and Consequences session including a slide show presentation depicting the fatal consequences of drug and alcohol related accidents including driving while under the influence.
  2. Session Two is an Emergency/Trauma Center visit conducted at Banner University Medical Center. During this one-on-one session, participants witness firsthand the physical and emotional consequences individuals face as a result of drug and alcohol use.
  3. Session Three is a substance abuse prevention education presentation where participants engage in group discussions and activities surrounding substance abuse prevention. During this session, a guest speaker who has been affected by substance use/abuse presents to the group.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sessions One and Three have been implemented virtually until further notice. Session Two has been temporarily replaced with an alternative project for the safety of students and staff.

In addition to the three sessions, participants complete ten hours of community service and write a 500- word essay reflecting on their experience throughout the program. Participants receive a certificate of completion. The certificate, essay, and hospital session intake form are sent to the referral source to indicate successful completion of the program.

The funding received will also go towards facilitation of the Too Good For Drugs (TGFD) curriculum and Teen Maze events. TGFD is an evidence-based youth substance use prevention curriculum that features ten interactive lessons to empower teens in building confidence to resist substance abuse. Teen Maze is a 30-minute hands-on event for high school sophomores focused on decision making and the consequences of using alcohol and/or drugs to themselves and their communities.

Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP) was founded in 1990 by a group of concerned Pima County citizens who sought to provide rural communities in the county access to the services available in the Tucson metro area. In 2006, AZYP expanded to serve rural communities across Arizona and seeks to employ a root cause approach to fighting poverty by building healthy, self-sufficient youth and families through evidence-based prevention programs and community involvement.

The funding from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will enhance underage drinking and drug educational activities throughout Pima County.

Arizona Youth Partnership will follow the Underage Alcohol Education Program Goal to reduce the incidence of underage alcohol related drinking, driving, fatalities, injuries, and underage alcohol violation citations through education and public awareness throughout Pima County. Liquor activities include, but are not limited to, the persons under the age of 21 years purchasing, possessing and/or consuming liquor.

For more information about the Wake Up! Program, please call (520)744-9595 or visit WakeUp Program on our website