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August 20, 2013 > CSU campuses to use 'Aware Awake Alive' program

CSU campuses to use 'Aware Awake Alive' program

Submitted By Stephanie Thara

California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White is committed to roll-out the Aware Awake Alive peer-to-peer program to all 23 campuses as another tool for identifying and acting on the symptoms of alcohol poisoning. The chancellor also said that program materials would be translated into Spanish and student leaders would receive training from a team at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

These commitments were made during the CSU Board of Trustees meeting on July 23, as the chancellor and trustees reviewed the sixth biennial report on Campus Alcohol Education and Prevention Programs.

The board, students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public heard from Scott and Julia Starkey, the parents of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo freshman Carson Starkey who died of alcohol poisoning in 2008 at 18 years old. The parents co-founded the Aware Awake Alive nonprofit to ensure the prevention of needless alcohol-related tragedy becomes a lasting legacy of their son.

Aware Awake Alive communicates to high school and college students directly with a "Drunk or dying?" message that is simple, actionable and non-judgmental. Web-based tools are designed to be intuitive and simple to use for young people and those who influence them, like parents and teachers.

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