Lifeline Assemblies are conducted at all seven junior high school sites, with some schools hosting multiple presentations. A total of 13 assemblies are conducted each spring and have reached more than 3,560 sixth graders. The purpose of the assemblies is twofold. First, the assemblies provide age appropriate information about the dangers of drugs and strategies to help students make positive choices. Secondly, the assemblies are an introduction to the DFYIT program that students will be eligible to participate in when they enter junior high.
Assemblies are hosted by DFYIT staff members and include presentations by LASD officers, William S. Hart Union High School District nurse Alison Schmidt, junior high principals, and junior high and high school DFYIT Officers. Surveys were sent to all schools to obtain feedback on the assemblies and 1,960 surveys were returned and will be used in planning the next year’s assemblies. Highlights from assemblies include a smoker’s lung replica and hands-on experiments to demonstrate the concept of peer pressure.