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Online Alcohol Safety Education Program Available at No Cost to High School Students in Florida, Texas, and New York for the 2021-2022 School Year

August 31, 2021 GMT

MIAMI & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 31, 2021--

The Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation, Inc.—established by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to fund programs that support alcohol safety and underage drinking prevention—today announced the AlcoholEdu for High School online curriculum is once again available at no cost to all public and private high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida, Dallas and Collin counties in Texas, and Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, and Richmond counties in New York for the 2021-2022 school year. The program, which is part of a three-year commitment, will be available in these three markets through the 2022-2023 school year.

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AlcoholEdu for High School, developed by leading education technology company EVERFI, is a 90-minute, interactive course that engages students in High School with science-based alcohol education and interactive exercises, providing an individualized experience that changes perceptions, motivates behavior change, and supports healthier decisions regarding alcohol. The course focuses on five main pillars: Knowing the Basics, Knowing Your Influences, Brain and Body, Smart Decisions, and Future Ready. Through this scalable online program, which has been proven to reduce negative consequences associated with underage drinking, schools can reach all students with a consistent message and empower them to make safer and healthier decisions about alcohol.

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For the most recent 2020-2021 year, the program saw significant increases in reach and impact. After having completed the Southern Glazer’s-sponsored course, students’ assessment scores increased by 27%, from 70% to 89% knowledge gains, compared to the 24% average increase of national student assessment scores. The number of participating schools increased by 54% from the 2019-2020 school year to the 2020-2021 school year, attributed largely to Southern Glazer’s expansion of the program into New York schools during the school year. Since the kickoff of Southern Glazer’s program in 2017, the initiative has impacted 18,271 students across more than 140 high schools, with the completion of more than 17,490 hours of learning.

Teachers provided overwhelmingly positive reviews of the program, with 89% saying their students were engaged with the course content, 95% agreeing the course was easy to fit into their curriculum, and 100% providing a quality rating of “Good” or better.

“AlcoholEdu for High School reinforces what I am teaching in the classroom and makes students interact with the content,” commented a participating high school teacher.

“The most important thing I learned is that if you’re pressured to drink and you don’t want to, call a friend or parent who could drive to pick you up,” said a participating student from New York.

The Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation launched the EVERFI program in South Florida in 2017, expanded into Dallas in 2019, and most recently branched out into New York in 2020.

Teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators in the available counties who are interested in implementing this program for the 2021-2022 school year can contact the following EVERFI Implementation Managers for details:

In Florida: Kelly Clark at kclark@everfi.com
In Texas: Stephanie Onyeador at sonyeador@everfi.com
In New York: Lane Sohn at lsohn@everfi.com

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol, and proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned company. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers.

ABOUT EVERFI, INC
EVERFI is an international technology company driving social impact through education to address the most challenging issues affecting society ranging from financial wellness to mental health to workplace conduct and other critical topics. Founded in 2008, EVERFI’s Impact-as-a-Service™ solution and digital educational content have reached more than 41 million learners globally. In 2020, the company was recognized as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company and was featured on Fortune Magazine’s Impact 20 List. The company was also named to the 2021 GSV EdTech 150, a list of the most transformative growth companies in digital learning. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, as well as Advance, Rethink Education, Rethink Impact, The Rise Fund, and TPG Growth. To learn more about EVERFI and how you can #answerthecall please visit everfi.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter @EVERFI.

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CONTACT: Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, LLC

Cindy Haas

Vice President, Communications & CSR

Office: (305) 625-4171, ext. 1166

Mobile: (786) 498-7640

Email:cynthia.haas@sgws.com

or

Jennifer Hanlon

Manager, Communications & CSR

Office: (305) 625-4171, ext. 1534

Mobile: 305-898-9982

Email:jennifer.hanlon@sgws.comEVERFI

Jennifer Edgerly

Senior Director, Communications

Office: (202) 486-0518

Email:jedgerly@everfi.com

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