Stopping the disease of addiction before it starts to ensure healthy futures for America's teens

Flights Above Addiction

Flights Above Addiction is a traveling teen art and aviation program that informs communities that addiction is a preventable chronic brain disease contracted in adolescence 90% of the time.

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Media $500 Contests

Media $500 Contests invite secondary students to produce compelling art and media illuminating the risk of early alcohol, tobacco, and other drug exposure.

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Science of Addiction

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.
 

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Wings Over Camarillo Air Show Youth Attendees to Paint their Dreams on a Cessna

Flights Above Addiction

An interactive aircraft exhibit for artistic youth and aviation enthusiasts comes to Wings Over Camarillo on August 20 & 21 with an important message

SafeLaunch will be bringing the “Flights Above Addiction” aircraft to the Wings Over Camarillo Airshow Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, to offer teens and pre-teens the chance to paint her fuselage with real paint. While famous aerobatic competitors Vicky Benzing, Dr. Frank Donnelly, Judy Phelps, John Collver and Tim Lust soar overhead, youth air show attendees, including some members from the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, will be painting their dreams for a healthy future onto the Cessna 182 named, “DJ”.  DJ, owned by former Point Mugu Missile Test Pilot and SafeLaunch Co-Founder Ron Cuff, is the focal point for SafeLaunch, a primary addiction prevention nonprofit based in Santa Barbara.

“Kids, like pilots, need to stay sharp”, says Cuff, “and just like planning for a successful flight, kids need to have a life plan with a destination. Without a plan, a young person is far more susceptible to experimenting with drugs and alcohol, and going off course.”

SafeLaunch uses art and DJ to raise awareness about the high risk of addiction to young brains. “Fourteen year olds are up to six times more susceptible to developing a dependency to drugs and alcohol than are adults”, co-founder and co-pilot Janet Rowse says. “Going to airshows gives us the opportunity to meet families one-on-one and encourage them to do everything possible to prevent addiction where it starts 90% of the time… with early exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.” See Wings Over Camarillo for tickets and air show information. See SafeLaunch for more information or email info@SafeLaunch.org to get involved.

SafeLaunch is a registered California nonprofit, Tax ID #46-2832792. Through educational programs for families including Flights Above Addictionⓒ, Wind Beneath Our Wings, parent education seminars, and Media $500 Contestsⓒ, the number of children exposed to drugs and alcohol is reduced.

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SafeLaunch Flies Their 20th Flight Above Addiction

Father’s Day 2016 weekend at the Hollister Airshow in California provided a picture perfect backdrop for plein air plane painting. This was the 20th SafeLaunch Flight Above Addiction, where parents learn how and why to protect their children from drug and alcohol exposure while their children paint their dreams onto the fuselage of an all-white Cessna.

The SafeLaunch mission to prevent addiction where it almost always starts… with kids, is so important that co-founder Ron Cuff doesn’t object when other airshow pilots call him crazy for letting kids paint his plane, or when they ask him for the umpteenth time whether the paint washes off. Rather, he offers them– and all parents– the opportunity to “Take the Pledge” to be a strong and loving parent who refuses to let children experiment with drugs or alcohol.

Enjoy this short video of our 20th mission to stop addiction.

 

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Families at the Hollister Airshow this Father’s Day Will Meet a Real Crazy Pilot

Father’s Day 2016 will mark SafeLaunch’s 20th “Airstrike” on Addiction, a disease more deadly than ISIS

That “crazy” SafeLaunch pilot and dad, Ron Cuff, will fly his Cessna 182 to the Hollister Airshow this Father’s Day weekend. Together with his trusty co-pilot and co-founder Janet Rowse, they will invite all kids at the show to paint their HEALTHY LIFE DREAMS on his plane. While colorizing his all-white plane, they will be reminding kids that flying a plane is the only safe way to “get high”.

The SafeLaunch mission to prevent addiction where it’s usually starts… with kids, is so important that Ron doesn’t let it bother him when other airshow pilots call him crazy for letting kids paint his plane or when they ask him for the umpteenth time whether the paint washes off. He deftly handles their comments with a wry smile… and then challenges them to “Take the Pledge” to be a strong and loving parent who refuses to let kids experiment with drugs or alcohol.

We invite YOU to take the Parent Pledge, too!

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