The College of Charleston, Trident Technical College, Charleston Southern University, M.U.S.C. and the City of Charleston are collaborators on an exciting program called PAL (Peer Assistance Leaders). The Peer Assistance Leaders program involves Charleston area college students assisting their peers to avoid negative situations that involve alcohol and crime. This program stems from a desire to prevent peers from being victimized or harmed as a result of engaging in behavior that raises their risk level.
The program began on Feb. 9, 2008 when 27 students from the College of Charleston, the Citadel and Charleston Southern University participated in a three-hour orientation led by Charleston Chief of Police, Gregory Mullen and Evie Nadel, the College of Charleston's associate dean of students.
What do PAL's Do?
The premise is simple: students come together on Friday nights and walk the highly-traversed upper King Street corridor and the heavily populated student neighborhoods from 10 p.m. until 2:30 am when the streets quiet down. The volunteers walk in groups with the assistance of a plain-clothed Charleston police officer and offer assistance in getting home for those who need it. The students are uniformed in bright yellow jackets with the PAL logo embroidered on the front of the jacket.
Promoting Student Success: Effective AODV Prevention in Tough Times
Evelyn Nadel, Ed.M., the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Community Relations, was invited to present a poster on PAL for the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) 2010 National Meeting (NM) on Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention in Higher Education. It was sponsored by The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS). The meeting was held October 18-20, 2010, in Maryland (near Washington, DC). The conference theme was "Promoting Student Success: Effective AODV Prevention in Tough Times". Ms. Nadel's proposal / poster was "Peer Assistance Leaders - A Community-Wide Initiative".
The invitation to present was an honor and the presentation / poster was very well received.
OSDPS's mission is to provide funds and technical assistance to States, schools, and communities for programs that promote the health and well-being of students in elementary schools, secondary schools, and institutions of higher education. OSDFS programs emphasize positive, disciplined, high-achieving schools; strong parent and community involvement; effective school planning and preparedness; research-based prevention and education strategies; and the effective use of data by schools and States to select and improve high-quality programs and activities.