Prom Promise Recognized

Brazosport ISD Prom Promise Program Recognized by the Texas School Safety Center
Posted on 08/31/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Brazosport ISD Prom Promise Program Recognized by the Texas School Safety CenterBrazosport High School Peer Assistance Leaders (PALS) and Brazoswood High School student council members collaboratively initiated a program to educate peers and their parents of the dangers of drinking and driving. The students brainstormed activities and developed a plan and activities that were divided up and carried out in the weeks before prom weekend. During lunch they asked their peers to pledge not to drink and drive over Prom weekend. Each pledge received a bracelet a gift bag of information. They named the program “Prom Promise.”

BISD staff members Jayme Petersen, PALS teacher and Stephanie Jess, student council sponsor submitted the Prom Promise initiative to the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) for consideration for promotion as part of the state organization’s School Safety Spotlight. The program, which was submitted in the category of “Student/Peer-Led Groups and/or Programs,” was selected and is now posted as a spotlight on the TxSSC website and shared across the state in their e-Newsletter and on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Below is summary as it appears on the School Safety Spotlight Program website.

Jayme Petersen, PALS Teacher, and Stephanie Jess, Student Council Sponsor, Brazosport ISD
Student/Peer-Led Groups and/or Programs

Students from the Brazosport ISD worked on a Prom Promise program to educate their peers, as well as parents and local businesses, about the dangers of drinking and driving. Students collaborated with the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol, Brazosport ISD Police, organization sponsors, campus administrators, and the District’s Prevention Coordinator to develop the knowledge base needed to effectively provide education about the dangers of drinking and driving. Students selected prom weekend as their campaign focus because of increased peer pressure to drink during that weekend. Students brainstormed activities and then developed a plan, divided up tasks, assigned jobs, and carried out activities.

This was a direct effort to engage and empower students and community partners. This partnership was more than just consultation, but rather consisted of ongoing support between two student groups, district staff, and community partners to first build the students’ knowledge base and then enable them to take active roles in decisions about the project’s direction. Empowering students to learn and take action about issues that matter to them has a substantial impact on shaping school safety measures within the school community.

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