PAUSE Program

Peer-To-Peer Messaging To Combat Fentanyl

Welcome to the PAUSE peer-to-peer communications
Program – Empowering Youth to Make Safer Choices.

Join us in spreading life-saving messages.
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Empowering Teens Through Peer Influence And Science

What's The PAUSE Program?

Adolescence is a crucial stage of development when teenagers transition from familial influence to a broader social sphere. During this period, peer influence becomes immensely powerful. The PAUSE communications program has harnessed this influence by targeting the “pause” – the critical moment of contemplation before a young person decides to consume an illicit substance.

By leveraging peer-to-peer influence, PAUSE reinforces life-saving messages and promotes harm-reduction strategies within peer groups.

Grounded in behavioral science, the PAUSE program focuses on the decision point (the pause) when adolescents consider using illicit substances. Research shows that peers significantly impact teenagers’ decisions and behaviors during this developmental phase. By delivering our messaging through peers, we ensure it resonates deeply and effectively with young individuals.

Why PAUSE Matters

The PAUSE Program emphasizes the dangers of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be lethal in minute doses and is often undetectably laced into other illicit substances. This approach equips adolescents with the knowledge to abstain or utilize harm-reduction methods when faced with the critical decision to use an illicit substance.

Recognizing the pivotal role of youth influencers, the Fentanyl Free Communities Foundation has developed a robust onboarding system to evaluate and recruit these influencers. These young individuals are compensated for delivering our message, whether in person or via social media. The PAUSE program provides them with up-to-date information from trusted sources like the CDC, NIH, and SAMHSA, ensuring they are well-equipped to be key communicators.

Collaboration With Bridgemakers

Our inaugural collaboration with Bridgemakers, a youth-founded and led nonprofit focused on empowering young people through education and mentorship, exemplifies the strength of collective effort. Bridgemakers specializes in developing business opportunities and entrepreneurship for youth, aligning perfectly with our initiative.

Behind The Scenes

Implementing the PAUSE communications program has required meticulous planning, legal compliance, and expert collaboration. Managing this program involves overseeing youth influencer contractors. We ensure all messaging complies with our standards and handle all data securely in compliance with privacy laws.
The Fentanyl Free Communities Foundation’s board of directors comprises individuals with immense expertise and experience in public safety initiatives. Their commitment and significant investment in this program have enabled the foundation to create and administer the PAUSE Program effectively and make it available to other organizations.

Become A PAUSE Influencer

Want to make a difference and get paid for it? Become an influencer for the PAUSE program and help us spread awareness about the dangers of fentanyl. Inspire others and earn money directly to your Venmo account. Sign up now to get started!

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