Extensive research during the past two decades
has identified a number of prevention strategies that reduce drug use, even
among those at high risk. These strategies share a common goal: they strengthen
"protective factors" -- social skills, family bond, school, and community involvement
while reducing "risk factors" such as lack of parental guidance, school failure,
and substance abuse in their environment. Research has also pointed out the importance
of "resilience" among young people in who are able to resist drugs.
this framework, The Chris Farley Foundation will work to:
- Disseminate developmentally appropriate
information through the use of comedy.
- Teach children that
using drugs is not the norm.
- Provide a clear, consistent
social message that teen alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use is harmful
- Create appropriate
approaches to dealing with the different cultural, gender and age needs.
of the target audience
- Create a model for
"outside of school" comedy-related programs and mentoring efforts.
- Promote participation
in comedy-based programs.
- Help kids and young
adults identify internal and external pressures, including peer pressure.
- Help kids develop
personal, social, and refusal skills to resist these pressures.
- Strengthen "positive
factors" such as personal and social skills.
- Address the social
risk factors that lead kids and young adults to substance abuse.
- Address the factors
necessary to enhance resilience and promote individual strengths.