School-wide Prevention Programs

GCHS Staff and Students work together on programming to promote education and awareness on a variety of topics. The following topics were chosen based on the results of the Illinois Youth Survey and a SAP Needs Assessment Survey.

September: Depression Awareness - National Suicide Prevention Month

October: National Bullying Prevention Month & Red Ribbon Week

November: Tobacco Awareness – The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout

December: Stress Management/Preparing for Final Exams

January: Take Charge of your Health Week! (Nutrition, exercise, sleep, etc.)

February: Healthy Relationships – National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

March: Positive Body Image/Eating Disorders Awareness

April: GCHS Wellness Day

May: Alcohol & Drug Awareness – Safe prom/Safe Summer

Classroom-based Prevention

Erika’s Lighthouse – Depression Awareness Teen Panel for health class presentations.

Signs of Suicide (SOS) – Education/Screening suicide prevention program for health classes.

Freshman Transition – Curriculum integrated into Freshmen Transition Program

AlcoholEdu for High School - Evidenced-based prevention program delivered to all Freshman Students

Guest speakers  

Activity-based Prevention

SADD – Students Against Destructive Decisions – This club coordinates activities such as Red Ribbon Week.

Snowball – A retreat that encourages students to make positive choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

SAP PEERS – Students create programs that promote healthy choices through a variety of monthly prevention activities. (PEERS stands for: Providing Education, Encouragement and Resources to Students)

Rams Dedicated – Student leaders that are committed to living a healthy lifestyle.