MIAMI & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 5, 2018--The Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation, Inc.—established by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to fund programs that support alcohol safety and underage drinking prevention—today announced its AlcoholEdu® for High School online curriculum is once again available for all public and private high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties for the 2018-2019 school year. The alcohol safety education initiative, funded by the Foundation in partnership with Step Up For Students, has already impacted nearly 1,600 students across 29 high schools in South Florida since the kickoff of the program in 2017. This is the second year the Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation has funded the program in South Florida.

The interactive digital program, developed by leading education technology company EVERFI, is proven to reduce negative consequences associated with underage drinking. Topics covered include, peer pressure, effects of alcohol on the brain and body, bystander behavior, and goal-setting. Through pre- and post-course assessments and surveys, students are measured on knowledge gains as well as shifts in behavior, attitudes, and habits around alcohol safety. Those assessment and survey results are compared against EVERFI’s national survey population of over 59,000 students from the 2017-2018 school year.

After completing the course, participating students in South Florida showed significant knowledge gains of 34%, along with corresponding positive shifts in attitudes and behaviors. Some students who took the course shared the following feedback:

“I learned to not only take care of myself, but also of others around me.” – Student, Miami, FL “Although I had prior understanding of a significant portion of the topics addressed by the program, AlcoholEdu® addressed my concerns and developed my understanding pertaining to the consumption habits of other individuals.” – Student, Weston, FL “I learned different facts about how many people in college actually drink. In movies, it makes it seem like college students drink all the time. The course had surprising statistics.” – Student, Parkland, FL

AlcoholEdu® for High School is a 1.5 hour, interactive course that engages students with science-based alcohol education and interactive exercises, providing an individualized experience that changes perceptions, motivates behavior change, and supports healthier decisions regarding alcohol. EVERFI’s AlcoholEdu® for High School is made available to public and private schools in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties at no cost to educators thanks to the support of grants from The Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation, Inc.

Teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators in Miami-Dade and Broward counties who are interested in implementing this program for the 2018 - 2019 school year should contact EVERFI Implementation Manager, Emily Moloney at emoloney@everfi.com.

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers.

About Step Up For Students

Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization that helps manage the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Students who qualify for the national free or reduced-price lunch program, or those who are homeless or in foster or out-of-home care, may qualify. The scholarship program provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice or financial assistance to offset the transportation cost to an out-of-district public school. Since 2001, Step Up has awarded nearly 785,000 scholarships.

Step Up also helps administer the state-funded Gardiner Scholarship Program for Florida students with certain special needs. With the Gardiner Scholarship, recipients may use the funds for a variety of approved services including private tutoring, occupational therapy, instructional materials and other services. For more information, visit:  www.StepUpForStudents.org.

About EVERFI, Inc.

EVERFI, Inc. is the leading education technology company that provides learners of all ages education for the real world, through innovative and scalable digital learning. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model and has certified over 16 million learners in critical skill areas. The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 4,200 partners in their education initiatives across all 50 states and Canada. Learn more at EVERFI.com

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CONTACT: Cindy Haas

Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC

Senior Director, Public Relations

Office: (305) 625-4171, ext. 1166

Mobile: (786) 498-7640

Email: cynthia.haas@sgws.com

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Jennifer Hanlon

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, LLC

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Office: (305) 625-4171, ext. 1534

Mobile: 305-898-9982

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Paul Soost

Step Up For Students

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EVERFI

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