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; Project Here Games, an interactive online 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.
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 provided public middle schools in Massachusetts the opportunity to apply for a comprehensive, multi-week, evidence-based curriculum, through a grant application process. The application period is closed, and funding for curricula has been provided to selected schools.
For more information about the grant program and to see a list of grant awardees, visit the Grant page of this website.
PROJECT HERE GAMES
Project Here Games is a free online app to help students learn about substance use and practice healthy decision-making. Through games, quizzes, and simulations, students will gain practical skills to navigate challenging situations and to make good choices in the moment and for the future.
Project Here Games is available for free on computers, tablets, and smart phones and has the flexibility to be used by teachers as an in-classroom activity or homework assignment or by students outside of school.