Choices and Consequences

LEAF’s Choices and Consequences Program, or C&C, is an innovative, alcohol awareness program designed for youth ages 12 to 20. The program addresses the dangers of underage drinking for those youth who have violated the underage drinking laws, such as the Alcohol Beverage Control Law, Section 65(c). C&C is court mandated by the Otsego County judges who feel offenders will benefit from alcohol and other drug information, and the class will give them the opportunity to explore and address the consequences of ATOD use and abuse.

Choices and Consequences is a 6-hour course that meets for 2 hours each of the 3 sessions. Topics that are covered include, but are not limited to, “Disease Model of Alcoholism/Addiction”, “Media Influences on youth and Culture”, “Progression of the Disease of Addiction”, “The Addicted Family System”, and “Club Drugs and Their Effects”.

Students learn factual information from handouts, videos, class discussions, and activities. As a requirement for completion of the course, each participant must create a “counter-advertisement”, or “truth message”, using the information they have learned. Students may create a commercial jingle, poster, magazine advertisement, or pamphlet that demonstrates the realities of alcohol use, and abuse. Upon attending all three sessions, and completing the assignment, a notice of completion is forwarded to the sentencing judges informing them of that student’s attendance at C&C.

LEAF Provides two different versions of the Choices & Consequences Program. One is geared for youth ages 12 to 16 years old. The other is geared for youth 17 to 20 years old; this schedule is set to coordinate with school/college calendars. The 12 to 16 year olds program will be provided upon request.

For more information, please contact:
Victoria Wasiel, Program Coordinator
607-432-0090 ext. 104