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Week: 579.4

Guest: Andrea Taylor, Across Ages, Philadelphia

Topic: Drug prevention mentoring program

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Drug prevention, Across Ages...coming up...

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TAYLOR: Across Ages is an intergenerational mentoring approach to drug prevention. it's funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the focus of the project is recruiting older adults, training them and matching them as mentors for high risk middle school students.

NEMA: Andrea Taylor administers the Across Ages program through the Center for Intergenerational Learning at Temple University in Philadelphia

TAYLOR: The project actually has four components to it: besides the mentoring, the students do community service, and they visit with elderly residents in nursing homes. Their classroom teachers teach a life-skills curriculum with them, which is really designed to help them resist peer pressure and make some better decisions around whether they want to get involved in drugs and some of the other things they're at risk for.

NEMA: And the program is doing very well...and has been designated for replication around the country. For more info...call 215-204 6708. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter. 

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