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Being Outstanding Leaders Together (BOLT)

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Being Outstanding Leaders Together Against Drugs and Alcohol (BOLT) offers free online trainings and resources to increase the capacity of middle school prevention professionals as they work to reduce youth substance use among their students. BOLT materials align 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 weeks.

Through BOLT students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the body and brain as well as identify substance use consequences
  • Understand the importance of peer leadership and positive decision making
  • Recognize youth substance use influences and the key concepts of social providing and peer pressure
BOLT materials can be incorporated into both in-person and distance learning lesson plans. Classroom resources can be presented through screen share or worksheets can be uploaded to your school’s online platform for distribution. For information on participating in substance use prevention awareness campaigns virtually, visit each hosting organization’s website for details.


BOLT offers free online training to increase the capacity of middle school prevention professionals to reduce substance misuse among middle school students. Get started today with the Virginia ABC Education and Prevention online training registration process.

Trainings offered online are:
  • Prevention 101 for Middle School Personnel
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs 101 for Middle School Personnel

Classroom Resources

Substance Use Awareness Campaigns

Throughout the school year there are many awareness campaigns promoting healthy behaviors when it comes to substance use. The purpose of these campaigns is to bring awareness to problems among a population and how positive change can be made. School districts often participate in the following awareness campaigns:

Substance Use Awareness Campaign Resources

Nationally recognized prevention campaigns often encompass alternate activities, which is a prevention strategy that should not be a standalone effort and should be paired with another strategy.

Virginia ABC Resources

  • Alcohol Education and Prevention Grants: This program provides funding to organizations that are working to prevent underage and high-risk drinking.
  • Publications: Our Middle School and Parent publications are free to order and download.
  • Power of Parents: Power of Parents provides parents of middle and high schoolers the tools to help guide students in positive decision making.

Outside Resources

  • Ask. Listen. Learn. Provides free classroom resources and interactive activities for students.
  • BrainPOP: A subscription based resource that provides video and activities for students as well as lesson plans for teachers on a variety of health related topics including addiction, alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Health Smart Virginia: Provides curriculum resources for Virginia educators to use when teaching the Virginia Health and Physical Education Standards of Learning (SOLs).
  • Kids Health in the Classroom: Offers age appropriate lesson plans and guides for health related topics such as: the human body, health problems (including substance use) and personal health.
  • LifeSkills Training: This subscription based evidence-based program is a curriculum developed for middle school students with objectives of developing personal self-management, general social skills and drug resistance skills.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens: NIDA provides games that youth can explore what happens to the brain and body when drugs are used.
  • Project Alert: This evidence-based program includes lesson plans, posters, videos and newsletters for middle schools to use with students to address alcohol and drug education objectives.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): SAMHSA provides resources for strategic, evidence-based prevention planning and resources for communities to utilize in prevention efforts.

Being Outstanding Leaders Together (BOLT) against Drugs and Alcohol

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