curriculum-based program available to school districts to educate students on the consequences of illicit drugs.
Endorsed by teachers and communities.
Smart kids is a student safety advocacy organization.
los angeles, california, march 28, 2023, as fentanyl continues its scourge across the nation, consequences for inaction can mean the difference of life and death for so many young people. fortunately, there are people who are standing up and making a difference. Such is the case with john watts, founder of smartkids don’t get high, a non-profit organization since 2010. They have unveiled their newest program to assist schools tackle drug abuse and awareness for students.
smart kids make smart choices is an educational program which seeks to aid schools and students, with teacher driven expertise, on the awareness of the use of illicit drugs of all types to include legalized marijuana and cigarette smoking. Education is essential for shaping the future of children and empowering them to make informed decisions. The legalization of marijuana has created mixed messages about the safety and acceptability of drug use especially among youth. It is crucial to understand the potential dangers of substance abuse on youth, as it can negatively impact their academic performance, mental health, and overall quality of life.
substance abuse by our youth inherently has a negative connotation and, in many cases, a detrimental effect on the brain of under aged children. By emphasizing the importance of education and promoting a drug-free lifestyle, citizens can empower young people to make informed decisions that will positively impact their future.
billions of dollars are continually spent to legalize marijuana and there is minimal funding spent on drug prevention awareness and education efforts. This leaves many children unaware of the potential dangers and consequences associated with marijuana use. The safety and education of america’s children should be a top priority. Every state that has legalized marijuana should allocate at least one-third of those billions of dollars to communities and schools on school-based awareness activities and education programs on the legal age, dependence, memory loss, impairment in judgment, the “dimmed down brain” and other effects of marijuana usage.
during a recent interview, john wats made these comments, “smart kids don’t get high foundation’s mission is to encourage youth and adolescents who have or have not experienced the danger of the fentanyl epidemic or any other drugs to ultimately abstain from any substance abuse. Furthermore, to encourage quitting for those who are marijuana users, and provide users who are unable to quit with direct assistance. In addition, smart kids don’t get high foundation has also made a commitment in educating our youth and adolescents on the consequences of drugs and providing them with opportunities to succeed in life regardless of ethnicity, gender, and pronouns. To ultimately achieve all they can in life without the hindrance of substances abuse. ”
their goal is to teach young people and adults how to overcome their challenges and use obstacles to build successful, drug-free lives. They believe that entrepreneurship and business can be powerful tools for achieving this goal, which is why they have developed their urban economic programs and curriculums. Smart kids don’t get high (skdgh) has two study guide curriculums: marijuana awareness and addictive drugs, urban economics, developing skills in technology, leadership, how to write a resume’ and how to apply for a job, and an enhancement reading program to educate those with reading challenges.
they aim to continue to equip the community with the knowledge and confidence they need to pursue their dreams and build bright drug-free futures.
about the founder:
in 1984, john watts’ youngest sister at age ten began smoking marijuana. By the end of the eighties, she became a victim of the crack epidemic in los angeles, california. Despite john’s best efforts to find help for his sister, she was lost to the streets and developed a crack addiction. this heartbreaking experience spurred john to take action, and in 2014, he founded the smart kids don’t get high foundation and pledged to make a difference.
his aim was to prevent other young children between the ages of 6-18 from experiencing the same fate as his sister by encouraging them to avoid drug use and focus on education. John has written 10 published books and mr. Watts continue to help increase literacy.
for complete information, visit: https://smartkidsdontgethigh. Org/