Project Here is dedicated to making substance use prevention education available to every public middle school in Massachusetts to promote social-emotional learning and empower students to make healthy decisions.
All public middle schools in Massachusetts can register for access to: an educational toolkit comprising of research-based resources for classroom instruction; an interactive digital experience for students; and a support network through The Herren Project for students who need help. (All components are provided at no cost.)
Registration is open. Schools can register for Project Here on the Register page of this website.
In its second phase, Project Here will provide public middle schools in Massachusetts the opportunity to apply for a comprehensive, multi-week, evidence-based curriculum, which will be made available to select schools through a grant application process.
For more information about the grant program and to apply for grant funding, visit the Grant page of this website. The application process is closed, and final award decisions are being made.
Developed in partnership with The Herren Project, the toolkit includes classroom materials and other resources designed to educate students about the risks of substance use and reinforce healthy decision-making skills. Each public school registered with Project Here will receive an educational toolkit, in both hard copy and online formats, to help the school deliver substance use prevention education.
The toolkit includes teacher guides, lesson plans, educational resources, posters, videos, and outreach materials. It also provides students with the opportunity to connect to a support network staffed by licensed professionals at The Herren Project (THP) and access to voluntary participation in the THP Project Purple Initiative, a student-led awareness campaign that empowers young people to stand up and make a difference.
The toolkit provides a central place for educators to access research-based sources, which are aligned with National Education Standards. The online toolkit is a dynamic resource that will be updated as new materials become available for educators and students. Schools can use the Project Here educational toolkit either as a resource to start substance use prevention education or to complement existing efforts already underway.
Project Here’s digital app will connect students to an interactive educational tool that will be available on computers, tablets, and smart phones. The digital app will serve as a fun educational vehicle for students to learn about substance use and practice healthy decision-making skills.
The app will be made available to registered schools in the next few months. More information about app content and launch date will be coming soon!