The City of Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Fifth Supervisorial District, William S. Hart Union High School District, Sulphur Springs Union School District, Saugus Union School District, Newhall School District, and Castaic Union School District have teamed up to bring an anti-drug program to Santa Clarita. “DFY in SCV” (Drug Free Youth in Santa Clarita) is a free, school-based, voluntary, anti-drug program in elementary schools, junior high schools and high schools.
The mission of DFY in SCV is to educate and empower students to make good choices, leading towards positive and healthy behaviors. The curriculum teaches communication and lifelong skills appropriate for each grade level to combat negative peer pressure, easy-to-remember strategies to say no, and understanding of over the counter drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, binge drinking, inhalants, marijuana, smoking, and hard drugs.
In the elementary level, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, drug prevention booklets will be given to each student to introduce the message of saying no to drugs and alcohol and making good choices. For the 4th and 5th grade students, the City of Santa Clarita hosts Good Choices Assembly to align with the message of making good choices. For the 6th grade students, the City of Santa Clarita hosts Lifeline Assemblies to provide age appropriate information regarding the dangers of drugs and strategies to help students make positive choices.
In the junior high and high schools, teens thrive, drug-free, in a club run by teens, for teens. The club provides a positive peer network that supports good choices, leadership, and a drug-free lifestyle. The program continues to bring strategies of saying no, personal stories, continues education and awareness leading towards positive and healthy behaviors, and gives the opportunity to meet other students with a common interest.