The Living Intervention and Guidance for Healthier Teens (LIGHT) program helps students choose healthy lifestyles, avoid drug and alcohol abuse and cope with crisis.
The LIGHT program uses three methods to help students:
Students receive information about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and other behaviors that hinder healthy lifestyles through classroom guidance, group presentations, activities and counseling.
Student Assistance Counselors help students who are in crisis or struggling with everyday challenges get the assistance they need through individual counseling, referral services, and consultation.
Support groups, peer groups and individual counseling sessions are available to students who need continued support.
Student Assistance Counselors
LIGHT program counselors work with students, parents, and staff at all schools. Student Assistance Counselors are certified school counselors who have additional training in specialty areas. They are also known as student services specialists.
Each high school has a full-time student services specialist and each middle school shares a specialist with another middle school campus. In addition, the specialists are assigned to a cluster of elementary campuses as a resource.
High school students who want to be positive role models for their peers can join the LIGHT Brigade. Members pledge to live a positive drug and violence-free lifestyle and to encourage and educate others to do the same through prevention activities.
There is also a Junior LIGHT Brigade for middle school students.
What issues does the LIGHT Program address?
The LIGHT program helps students with:
- Grief and loss
- Alcohol, drugs, or substance abuse
- Mental Health
- Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
- Depression, self-injury or suicide
- Family issues
- Healthy relationships
- Anger Management
- Coping skills
- Eating Disorders
- Runaway/not living at home
- Teen pregnancy/teen parenting
Programs and activities
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week, the fourth week in October, is a week of alcohol and other drug awareness activities that promotes a drug-free lifestyle. Wearing a red ribbon signifies a unified effort to support a drug free environment. The LIGHT program provides red ribbons to students, staff, and the community members while individual campuses plan special activities to promote the week.
LIGHT Advisory Council
The LIGHT Advisory Council is a coalition of school officials, counselors, and community members who provide a link between the school and the community for the purpose of promoting activities that encourage healthy lifestyles for the youth in the Garland ISD communities.
LIGHT Brigade Leadership Summit
LIGHT Brigade Leadership Summit is a one-day summit for middle and high school students who are members of their campus LIGHT Brigade. The LIGHT Brigade is made up of students who are committed to living and promoting a healthy lifestyle. The summit theme: “LIGHT Brigade students know the way, go the way, and show the way “speaks to the commitment of LIGHT Brigade members at all Garland ISD campuses. The goal of the summit is for each student to return to their respective campus with innovative ideas to encourage their peers to join the campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Topics presented at the summit include the following:
- How to be leaders at their respective schools
- To promote a drug-free and non-violent lifestyle
- About the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs
- How to recognize violent relationships
- Ways students can positively influence their peers
Prior to prom season, high school LIGHT Brigade members encourage an alcohol and drug free prom by promoting awareness activities. Brigade members distribute information concerning the dangers of drinking and ask their fellow students to sign a pledge promoting an alcohol and drug-free prom.
Monthly Focus Topics
- August: Reporting Child Abuse
- September: Suicide Prevention: Bullying Prevention and Awareness
- October: Cyberbullying – Hero Week – Drug Awareness
- November: Tobacco and Vapor Awareness
- December: Stress and Your Health
- January: Mental Health and Wellness
- February: Teen Dating Violence – Kindness Week
- March: Self-Injury Awareness
- April: Alcohol Awareness Month – Child Abuse Prevention Month