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Smart Moves

Young people today face a new world of challenges and opportunities. SMART Moves is an effective and unique way for youth-serving organizations to help prepare children to meet these challenges. It is a creative, fun learning experience that provides girls and boys ages 6 to 9 with the knowledge and skills they need to grow into confident, healthy teenagers and realize their full potential.

Primary Goal:

The primary goal of SMART Moves is to provide children with the knowledge, skills and self-esteem to help them avoid risky behaviors and situations, including involvement with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

The main messages:

  • Our bodies are priceless possessions that allow us to accomplish our dreams.
  • Young people should avoid risky behaviors and situations, including involvement with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

What SMART Moves provides:

  • Accurate, age-appropriate informaion about alcohol and other drugs
  • Self-awareness activities to develop respect for one's own body, ability to handle feelings and healthy habits
  • Activities to develop the ability to interact and work in groups
  • Practice in decision-making, problem solving and planning ahead
  • Training in refusal techniques useful for avoiding risky situations, including those involving drugs