Missouri Safe and Sober is designed to give high school and middle school students along with their parents and teachers the information they need prevent underage drinking. By properly educating students and their parents on the criminal, civil, personal and emotional consequences of underage drinking, our hope is to encourage safe choices both now and as the students transition toward adulthood.
The Missouri Safe and Sober program is made up of three components:
The high school program is two-fold. Teens participate in a video based presentation that shows the consequences of underage drinking and how it can change their future forever. Students are then asked to take sign a pledge card to remain safe and sober. Many high schools combine the program with other activities, including assemblies and docudramas of accident scenes involving drunk drivers to encourage pledge taking and responsible choices.
Missouri Safe and Sober offers a video geared specifically for younger teens and pre-teens. Many middle school and junior high students have misconceptions about high school and fear peer pressure in regards to alcohol and drugs. This video is led by high school students who show them that not everyone in high school drinks and it is ok not to. Middle schools can show the video in classrooms as part of Red Ribbon Week, as part of a safety assembly or invite high school students to share the message and answer students questions.
The parent video provides education to parents about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking, including alcohol’s effect on the developing brain. Parents are provided information that helps them set limits and expectations for their teen about underage drinking. Schools may post the video to their website or play it at parent orientation meetings.
… 7 out of 10 12th graders have drunk
…. 4 out of 10 8th graders have drunk
…24% of high school
students have ridden
with a driver who had
Since 2011, Missouri Safe and Sober has gathered pledges from over 98,000 high school students in 189 schools. And we’re just getting started.
So far, Missouri Safe and Sober has reached 23% of all Missouri high schools. We won’t rest until every teen has heard the facts about underage drinking. Sign up your school today, and let your students join the thousands of teens who have taken the pledge.
Kurt Larson has practiced law since 1992 and represents people who have been devastated by accidents caused by drivers under the influence. He is motivated to visit schools and talk with teens in hopes of making a difference in their lives before irreversible mistakes involving alcohol and drugs are made. Kurt, along with his firm Larson Law, dedicate a signifcant amount of time and resources to further the mission of Safe and Sober.
When the program started in 2004, Kurt had two teenagers, so he knows all too well the pressure that teens face. Even though they have grown, Kurt recognizes how hard those teenage years can be. “It’s so hard anymore,” he says. “When I was in school, beer and smoking cigarettes were the big challenge. Now, the pressures are far more dangerous: abuse of prescription medication, methamphetamine and binge drinking.”
Kurt is a graduate of Drury University and an ironman triathlete. He is involved with the Ozarks Greenways Trail, the Underage Drinking Task Force and the DWI Task Force. When he isn’t working or volunteering Kurt prefers to spend time with his wife and kids in the outdoors.
Missouri Safe and Sober is made possible through the financial support of: