Initiative Description: Across Ages, an intergenerational approach to drug and alcohol prevention. The program consists of three major elements: (1) a mentoring program in which youths are matched with older adults who provide ongoing support and encouragement in Weekly interactions; (2) community service activities designed to promote involvement with and better understanding of the frail elderly; and (3) a school-based life skills curriculum
Study Results: Mentoring was associated with significantly lower levels of problem behavior and substance use and significantly higher levels of self- confidence, self-control, cooperation, and attachment to the school and family. Moreover, students receiving mentoring reported significantly lower levels of alcohol use.
Level of Evidence: Very Good