The SafeLaunch mission is to protect youth from drugs and alcohol because the adolescent brain is up to 600% more susceptible to addiction than one that is fully developed.
Adolescent substance use poses a serious mental health threat, with lowered academic achievement, lost potential, damaged relationships, brain damage, and addiction the unfortunate results. Addiction is a chronic brain disease that is treatable, but not curable. Statistically, only one out of ten people treated for a chemical addiction maintain their sobriety over the course of their life.
Since 90% of addiction roots in early first exposure, preventing this disease must become everyone’s priority.
SafeLaunch is focused on protecting youth from harm. By embracing current scientific evidence to inform adolescents and adults about the human brain, SafeLaunch inspires the message that prevention requires education and action… because addiction isn’t a choice.
SafeLaunch was founded by three parents who believe that preventing children’s exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs is as important as preventing childhood diabetes, lead poisoning, or any other preventable disease.
Since nearly all substance use, and addiction, begins during the teenage years, prevention of any use during this time is singularly important. Lowering the substance use rates of youth today will be reflected tomorrow in lowering the adult rates of addicting drug use.
The new focus on one decision by youth not to use any addicting substances,
Robert L. DuPont, M.D. President, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978), White House Drug Chief (1973-1977)
Media $500 Contests
The Media $500 Contests determine six student winners who best interpret an addiction prevention theme using art, photography, songwriting, video, writing, and drama.
More Information: www.safelaunch.org/media-500-contests
Flights Above Addiction
Flights Above Addiction is a traveling interactive art and aviation program that provides students the opportunity to learn about their addiction risk and then work as a team to paint an illustrative graphic message on a Cessna airplane.
More Information: www.safelaunch.org/fly-above-addiction/
Parents of school age children worry that their children will feel pressured into trying alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. These concerns are legitimate as data indicates that by the time children are juniors in high school, 30% of them are using substances that are known to be addictive on a monthly basis.
Parents learn how to protect their children from contracting the disease of addiction, and become knowledgeable about the developing brain, its characteristics and vulnerability to chemical addiction.
More Information: http://www.safelaunch.org/parent-education-events/
Ron Cuff is a father and a retired Navy officer living in Paso Robles, California. He served as a primary U.S. Navy flight instructor, earning the designation of Aircraft Commander on four different types of Navy aircraft, logged 120 arrested landings on seven U.S. aircraft carriers, and was a Test Pilot for the Pacific Missile Test Center. As a Naval Reservist he served as the Commanding Officer of his Naval Air Reserve unit, and simultaneously served as Deputy Director for the Navy and Marine Corps nationwide Campaign Drug Free. Ron holds a master’s degree in Business Administration. He is the past president of the San Luis Obispo Child Abuse Prevention Council. Ron’s intent is to affect a major sea change in the culture of adolescent addictive substance abuse that is damaging our national defense capability, is a breeding ground for lifelong addiction, and hinders every student’s ability to learn well and achieve success.
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Janet Rowse is a longtime resident of Santa Barbara. She and her husband have two adult children and have owned the Paradise Cafe since 1983. She served on the board of directors for the Santa Barbara High School Education Foundation, and was a consistent voice on elementary, secondary, and GATE parent advisory committees in the Santa Barbara Unified School District for 14 years. Janet was an advisor to the Santa Barbara County Service Learning Initiative and is a National Charity League sustaining member. With a UCSB degree in Art, she directs the use of media and art to raise public awareness. Her passion for SafeLaunch is focused on protecting children’s mental health to ensure their future success.
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Mari Mender R.N. has been a resident of Santa Barbara since 2000. She and her husband Dan are the parents of 5 children. While attending Arizona State University College of Nursing she began her work with the mentally ill and chemically dependent population. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing, and has continued to work in psychiatry and mental health nursing, most recently at Santa Barbara Cottage Residential Center. She is a credentialed Medical Life Coach with emphasis on mental health clients. Her intent is to prevent drug abuse and mental wellness through education. She believes that positive, primary prevention education is an innovative new approach to combating the plague of addiction that threatens our youth and can ruin their futures.
Board of Advisors
Founder/CEO at Christie & Co
Superintendent, Newhall School District
Dr. Joseph Frawley, MD
Co-Founder, Recovery Road Medical Center
Parent Advocate, Spokesperson
Rolf Geyling, MDiv
President, Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
CEO, Mission Ridge Capital
Founding Board President, Notes for Notes
Founder and Chair, Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative
President, American Riviera Television
Mari Mender, RN
Guardian Care Providers
Dr. Robert M. Nagy, MD
President, Timothy Regler Consulting, Inc.
Owner, Paradise Cafe
Santa Barbara City Council member
J. Brian Sarvis, Ed.D.
Superintendent Santa Barbara School Districts, Retired
Vice President, Wynmark Company
Michael Schmidtchen, C.P.A.
Sharon Wilcox, MA CCC
Independent Marketing and Advertising Professional
Loan Officer and Mortgage Consultant
SafeLaunch Tax ID: 46-2832792
Friends of SafeLaunch