PICT has presented evidence-based, peer-led, prevention programming for local youth since 1986. In 2007 PICT was the first peer program in
All state and local data support the overwhelming need for more intensive group and individual-focused drug and alcohol prevention, treatment, and intervention programs for the youth in Wayne County. Specifically relating to ATOD issues, Nan Tobler, who conducted the meta analysis of DARE, showed that even at the lowest “dose” levels, prevention messages conveyed well by positive role model peers had a more than double the impact of messages conveyed by adults, and if the messages were conveyed well in an interactive educational setting by highly motivated positive role model peers, the impact sometimes reached four-fold. Peter Benson, President of Search Institute, stated in his keynote to Kids Count Conference in 1999 that positive peer influence has more power on positive life choices than anything else – even family.
Research has also indicated that positive older role model peers have enormous effectiveness in engaging floundering students in learning, connecting them to school and trustworthy adults who value education, increasing attendance and achievement, and decreasing violence. The higher risk, lower achieving, and more disconnected from school students are, the more likely they are to listen and respond to peers than adults, as documented by Nan Tobler.
PICT offers complete proven strategy risk-taking prevention and health promotion programs to more children than any other local youth serving agency. PICT also addresses mental health by taking anti-bullying, teasing, and harassment activities to as many classrooms in the Richmond Community Schools as possible. PICT also facilitates Mix It Up At Lunch Day and No Name Calling Week for all 1500+ students in Richmond High School. PICT has successfully intervened with 2nd through 8th graders to stop extreme bullying or teasing.
PICT addresses every problem statement of Partnership for a DrugFree Wayne County, most Protective Factors promoted by Communities In Schools, 2 strategies of Indiana Strategic Prevention Framework, and is endorsed and certified by National Association of Peer Program Professionals.
PICT outreach addresses abuse, neglect, pregnancy, violence, early school failure, exploitation, dropout, substance abuse, discrimination, bullying, teasing, and unkind or unjust activities.
Richmond students are much more likely to indulge in risk taking behaviors than their counterparts in the other counties of the State, as shown repeatedly by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) yearly surveys of substance use and Spring 2009 Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) Local Epidemiological Report.
PICT is included in the newest research on the proven effectiveness of Peer Programs that follow the NAPPP (National Association of Peer Program Professionals) Standards and Ethics and the NAPPP Rubric, which Sue Routson helped to write in 2002. PICT was the first Peer Program in the world to qualify as a Certified Peer Program under these Standards, Ethics, and Rubrics in October 2002. Sue Routson is one of 22 NAPPP Certified Trainers and Consultants worldwide. She was named a "National Role Model" in the Peer programs field in 2011. See details on the NAPPP website at www.peerprogramprofessionals.org under "Certifications," "Publications," and "Certified Trainers and Consultants." The PICT Director and Program Assistant were both trained by the PYPM program author herself in proven strategy program delivery. Trained PICT Program Adults then deliver the proven strategy training to the Peer Helpers themselves.