In the past thirteen years, Director of Educational Programs, Pat Larson, has made a push in schools and at community events to highlight the problem of underage drinking, illicit drug use and dangerous driving decisions. AAIM speakers are well received at schools and before civic groups. AAIM presents pre-Prom prevention programs to over 50 area high schools every Spring and at Homecoming Season in the Fall.
AAIM Community Outreach Program is presented to help parents navigate through the teen years. To help educate parents, teachers and administrators about the dangers of of underage drinking and the effects it may have on teen brain development. This program will address parental influence on the use of alcohol, proven skills to prevent underage drinking, drug use and expert brain research on the effects of alcohol and the developing teenage brain.
AAIM recognizes our ever changing world of technology and the dangers that are imposed while driving. Our New 3D program (Dangerous Driving Decisions) focuses on choices. Research shows distracted driving may impair your judgment as much as drunken or drugged driving. According to the National Safety Council, 28% of all crashes involve talking or texting on a cell phone. In order to prevent car crashes resulting from distracted driving, AAIM needs your help and help from the community.
AAIM participates in high school health fairs and community events. Using the vision-impaired goggles, AAIM Educational Speaker, Phil Rog, demonstrates to people of all ages the difficulty people have doing everyday tasks when they have their vision impaired. Phil has people try things like walking a straight line, hand dexterity tests and shooting a basketball. The people both trying the test and observing are left wondering what went wrong. In the past ten years, over 6,000 people have tried the Fatal Vision Goggles, and over 1,000,000 were at events that Phil covered.