YOUTH HARM REDUCTION PROGRAM
EMPOWERING YOUTH TO "TAKE THE WHEEL"
Future Fuel is a program of Brianna's 2nd Chance, Inc. It is an evidence-based youth harm reduction program in Central Florida, based on programming from Stanford University, Curtin University Australia, Canada’s Interior of Health, British Columbia Foundry, NIDA, and SAMHSA. Future Fuel operates across four counties in Central Florida in partnership with community-based organizations, including churches, neighborhood groups, and local education partners.
Future Fuel Youth Harm Reduction is unique and innovative. It marries resistance training and harm reduction techniques one viable, reality-based program spanning the stages of youth development, equipping children and young adults with knowledge and resources. This preparation empowers them to respond to situations that may produce harm. Our motto is "Trust Yourself, Trust Your Power."
We offer classes based on age grouping, with highly interactive activities to encourage participation with groups of 30 or less. Future Fuel Junior (pre-teens/tweens) includes four 2-hour classes over two days and addresses the pre-exposure period, focusing on alcohol use, but does touch upon other substances. Future Fuel Teens provides three, 2-hour sessions geared toward the exposure period, covering all substances, stress, pressure, brain development, etc. Future Fuel Scholar (college) consists of two sets of one 3-hour program, with harm reduction content tailored for a more mature audience. All programs include a Future Fuel Guardians (parents/caregivers) class, which is two hours.
All classes except Juniors include overdose and testing training. Sessions are led by at least two facilitators and include recovery information, recovery testimony, and bereaved family testimony. Refreshments are provided along with local resource information and take-home supplies. Our partnership model allows us to efficiently deliver our programming in any location via mobile outreach.
We are continuing to grow and scale our model across Florida, with a goal to reach more communities in need, especially rural areas. To better understand the impacts of our work, we are collaborating with Washington University’s TA lab to collect data to monitor program successes and outcomes. Our long term goal is to create a mobile classroom that can provide harm reduction education anywhere.
Brianna, of Brianna's 2nd Chance, Inc., loved children and believed they should be afforded every opportunity to grow up happy and healthy. Her death is testament to the fact that the first time can kill. Future Fuel Youth Harm Reduction programming is part of her legacy.