Student Engagement

Friday Night Live (AB 1729 Support)

 

Friday Night Live (FNL) addresses factors that cause students to become disengaged at school and helps create and maintain a positive school climate. Friday Night Live also assists schools in identifying problems and encourages alternatives to prevent alcohol and drug use.

If you have any questions, please contact Monica Sanchez at (562) 922-6613.
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In 1984, the California Friday Night Live (FNL) Program was developed in Sacramento by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

It began as a pilot program dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by teen motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.

Today the main focus of the program shifted from one of preventing drinking and driving among teens to one of environmental prevention efforts promoting healthy lifestyles free of alcohol, tobacco, or other substance use.

Friday Night Live Chapters and Youth Councils encourage youth development among high school students.  The groups are youth-led and driven by youth ideas.  Friday Night Live Chapters are established on high school campuses as a club or afterschool group.  Youth Councils are established at local teen centers and youth clubs.

Youth driven and youth led groups that provides support and opportunities.  Clubs develop confidence in young people and focuses on building positive relationships.  Our youth development programs encourage and empower young people as active leaders and community resources.  We encourage youth to care about each other and their community.

The FNL Kids program is designed for elementary school aged youth, 4th through 6th grade.  FNL Kids incorporates lessons related to life skills, leadership skills, character development, critical thinking skills, decision-making, and refusal skills.  Provides participants with the value of citizenship community membership and belonging. 

Comprehensive Prevention Services focuses primarily on Service Planning Area (SPA) 7.  A project funded through the Department of Public Health (DPH) Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) aims to reduce access to alcohol and drugs and reduce underage use.  Previous and current projects include:
  • LifeSkills Training (LST)
  • Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA)
  • Responsible Alcohol Merchant Awards (RAMA)
  • Rethinking Access to Marijuana (RAM)

Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Collaborations with previous and existing school districts include:  Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, ABC Unified School District and Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District.

Monica Sanchez, Ph.D.
Project Coordinator – Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Prevention
Cal Berkeley, UCLA Graduate.  Enjoys hiking, leisure reading and yoga.

Tosin Balogun
Program Activities Specialist – FNL Program Manager
Enjoys traveling the world and a good slice of cheesecake.

Sokhom Phou
Program Activities Specialist – CPS Program Manager
Loves the beach and enjoys a nice cruise on her scooter on a warm day or snowboarding in the mountains on a cold winter day.

Tony Santilena
Program Consultant
Retired but still working. Enjoys gardening and travelling to new places.

Lisbeth Garcia
Staff Assistant Trainee
Enjoys playing tennis and videogames with her son.