Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Washington, DC

Good Cause:

Friendly PEERsuasion is a Girls, Inc. prevention program designed to help girls ages 11 to 14 acquire knowledge, skills, and support systems to avoid substance use. It is one of OJJDP’s model programs and one of the two most popular programs among Girls Inc.’s 93 affiliates.

Great Results:

Dr. Lunghofer wrote a successful proposal to OJJDP and was awarded a grant of $380,000 to test the effectiveness of Friendly PEERsuasion. The evaluation represents a critical opportunity to use an experimental design to examine immediate outcomes and test the hypothesis that program effects are sustained for one year after program completion. Dr. Lunghofer is the Principal Investigator for the study.

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