About Project Here
Project Here is dedicated to making substance use prevention education available to every public middle school in Massachusetts to promote social-emotional learning and empower students to make healthy decisions.
All public middle schools in Massachusetts can register for access to: an Online Toolkit containing dozens of research-based resources for classroom instruction; and Project Here Games, an interactive online experience for students. All components are provided at no cost.
Project Here also provided public middle schools in Massachusetts the opportunity to apply for a comprehensive, multi-week, evidence-based curriculum, which has been made available to selected schools through a grant application process. The grant application period is currently closed. For more information about the grant program and the list of awardees, please visit the Grant page.
By registering for Project Here, schools will gain access to the Online Toolkit and Project Here Games, and will receive support for all components of Project Here.
The Online Toolkit is a repository of research-based materials that are aligned with National Education Standards. These resources include teacher guides, lesson plans, posters, videos, and outreach materials that can be used in a range of classroom settings as stand-alone lessons or integrated into an existing substance use prevention curricula.
Project Here Games
Project Here Games is a free web-based app to help students learn about substance use and practice healthy decision-making. Through games, quizzes, and simulations, students will gain practical skills to navigate challenging situations and to make good choices in the moment and for the future.
Project Here Games is available on computers, tablets, and smart phones and has the flexibility to be used by teachers as an in-classroom activity or homework assignment or by students outside of school.
Addressing the opioid epidemic and investing in the health and well being of young people are top priorities of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office and the GE Foundation. Since taking office in 2014, Attorney General Healey has taken a multi-faceted approach to combating the opioid epidemic – from suing manufacturers and distributors, to making Narcan more available to first responders, to establishing grant programs to support youth prevention efforts. Consistent with their long-standing commitment to public health and upon moving their headquarters to Boston, the GE Foundation invested significant resources toward addressing the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, pledging to spend $15 million over five years. With this shared commitment, the Attorney General’s Office and the GE Foundation joined forces to address the unmet need for youth substance use prevention and education programs.
In May 2017, Attorney General Healey and the GE Foundation, along with Health Resources in Action, Herren Project, and Epicenter Experience, announced Project Here, an innovative public-private collaboration to make substance use prevention education available to every public middle school in Massachusetts. Project Here is a $2 million initiative funded by the GE Foundation and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Health Resources in Action, a public health non-profit based in Boston, serves as the implementation partner to bring Project Here to middle schools across the Commonwealth.