What We Do

Through a live rock concert and powerful, firsthand stories, we’re teaching students about the effects of heroin. We’re empowering them to deny drugs completely.

Trust us, this is a drug prevention program like no other. 

Why music?

Everyone can relate to music. We start all assemblies with a dynamic musical performance, knocking down barriers and allowing the students to focus on our message. We bring the students into our presentation through the concert, then share our stories about the negative effects of drugs.

Why our program?

This isn’t your average school assembly, and it’s a program you won’t find anywhere else. We bring this crucial message to students in a way that’s relevant to them…while incorporating music they can relate to and enjoy. Forget tons of statistics and the same old drug prevention speak. We don’t talk at students about the effects of heroin; we share our personal stories about the devastation it causes. Through our testimony and music, we empower students to make positive choices in their lives and deny drugs.

I worked with you both last June through Mercy and St. Stephen Church in Troy, MO.  I would like to share a SUCCESS story that has come from your program:

At last June’s event my two grandsons (ages 11 & 7) had the opportunity to attend your AMAZING program. Both of the boys are very involved in club baseball. Earlier this month the team had a tournament in Branson and while at the hotel, the parents had noticed a 14-year-old boy that had been acting strangely around the team members in the lobby by trying to engage in conversations with them. One of the parents picked up on the suspiciousness of the 14-year-old and the coaches pulled all the team members and their parents into a meeting to find out what was going on. 

It was discovered that the 14-year-old was trying to get the players to do heroin with him.   

My son called me that day to tell me that he had spoken with his son asking if the kid had approached him and would he ever consider doing drugs. To my son’s delight, he promptly said “Dad, don’t you remember The Awaken Project and how Joe lost his son to drugs?  I don’t want to die and I don’t want to stop playing baseball!”

When my son was telling me this, we both shared tears of joy and gratitude! 

Our family thanks God and both of you for your efforts – you saved my grandson from possibly taking a wrong turn.

Mary

The Heroin Epidemic

It’s our mission to give youth the confidence to stay away from drugs completely. It’s not uncommon to die after using heroin once, so just trying it can have disastrous consequences. Heroin affects men and women of all ethnicities, races, and ages. It’s in urban, rural and suburban neighborhoods, impacting underprivileged, middle class and affluent communities. In St. Louis and around the country, heroin use is on the rise, especially among youth.

In St. Louis County, heroin deaths are nearly four times the national average, and more and more youth are succumbing to the drug.

In the United States, heroin-related overdose deaths have more than quadrupled since 2010, with nearly 13,000 people dying in 2015

From 2008-2014, 78% of Missouri recorded heroin-involved deaths were among residents of the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County.

Stopping this epidemic starts with educating youth about the dangers of heroin and showing them that denying drugs is the only option.