The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) has launched a new, online version of a program aimed at preventing substance use among middle school-age youth, Being Outstanding Leaders Together Against Drugs and Alcohol (BOLT).
The revamped program, which was first offered in 2014, provides educators free training and resources designed to serve as a guide to preventing youth substance use at this pivotal developmental stage. BOLT was created to dovetail with the Virginia Department of Education Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Standards of Learning (SOLs) and support middle school prevention activities including in-classroom curriculum instruction and participation in substance use awareness campaigns.
“Middle school is a time when many students are exposed to alcohol and other drugs for the first time,” said ABC Education and Prevention Manager Katie Crumble. “BOLT allows us to effectively reach this critical age group and equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy life choices.”The goals for BOLT include increasing students’ ability to:
With uncertainty about students returning to the classroom still lingering in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, BOLT materials are being offered in formats to incorporate in both in-person and distance learning lesson plans. Classroom resources can be presented through screen share, and worksheets can be uploaded to a school’s online platform for distribution.
For more information about ABC’s BOLT program and additional resources to address the prevention of youth substance use, visit www.abc.virginia.gov/education/programs/bolt.
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $2.2 billion to the general fund in the last five years. Virginia ABC currently operates 389 state stores, and provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 18,000 ABC licensed establishments. Now marking its 86th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its vision of bringing good spirits and excellent service to Virginia.