Get A Grip is a student-driven and staff supported alcohol education and traffic safety leadership program for teens and young adults attending Iowa high schools and colleges. The program began in 1991 and during 2011 we celebrate 20 years of working with Iowa youth and adults.
We are dedicated to leadership development and creative prevention strategies and will provide the tools and resources needed to reduce the number of teen and young adult alcohol-related traffic incidents, distracted and drowsy driving crashes, and pedestrian/bicycle injuries in Iowa, and will contribute time and energy to the creation of healthy and safe communities.
Our focus is on the people and communities we serve and our programs are built on the principles of community, respect, choices, and accountability.
To engage Iowa students in discussion of issues relevant to them, their peers, and their community and work to initiate and achieve ongoing communication, proactive safety planning, and alcohol education programming that will contribute to a quality high school and college experience.
Get A Grip Undergrads
The Get A Grip Experience: by Jess
MUSIC IS OUR DRUG. Turn the music up, inhibitions are gone, you can talk to anyone, dance like crazy; there are no worries about being judged. Everyone is jumping, moving, yelling, smiling - a moment of insanity. The aftermath: perception of you is changed. You are comfortable in your own skin. I WANT THAT, TOO.
You are Get A Grip. You have something special. The ability to let go, be free, be happy, love your life and those around you, without substances. Music is our drug. The RESPECT dance is our theme. AM Boogie starts our days, music transitions through the hours. When the music stops we are euphoric, exhausted, and ready for more.
You have the opportunity to share this secret with others. They may choose it, they may not, but you can offer what you have and let it embrace the people around you.
You are a leader. You set the tone for your life and those who follow you. You have an amazing power as a leader that cannot be turned off. You cannot force people to lead, but you can encourage people to find good leaders to follow. Followers that stand for nothing, will fall for anything. Be yourself to the highest degree and people will follow in your example.