A Cultural Shift: Empowering Teens to Make Better Decisions

Shifting cultural beliefs and attitudes about alcohol and underage drinking is no easy task, but strides are being made at the Fontaine Center at the University of Georgia through prevention and early intervention programs.

Over the past five years, the program has had a significant impact on students, and research has shown that a majority of students are now choosing to practice healthy behaviors including drinking at a later age or not drinking at all during college. The program continues to educate throughout the community and has brought awareness through numerous initiatives. Since 2017, the Fontaine Center has:


Hosted more than 55 faculty/teacher training sessions on alcohol and drug prevention, mental health and violence, serving a total of 1,187 faculty/teachers across Georgia and surrounding areas.


Reached 10,702 parents of Georgia high school students through presentations on how to prepare your student for success at college.


Reached more than 2,200 students in high school and middle school through the implementation of 25 programs.


Reached more than 18,550 incoming UGA students at orientation—with 4,000 more each year.


Helped more than 340 high-risk students complete the mentor program.


Reached more than 18,000 students through the alcohol and other drug prevention programs.


Trained approximately 4,500 students on bystander intervention.


Reached approximately 16,000 students through relationship and sexual violence prevention programs.

Tragedy has inspired us to help others make better decisions about alcohol through education and awareness. Join us on the journey.

In 2006, Jack and Nancy Fontaine founded The John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education in memory of their late son, John, who died in an alcohol-related accident. The family is convinced that John’s death could have been prevented had he and the underage driver been more aware of the immediate dangers and life-threatening impact of misusing alcohol.

Because so many teens begin experimenting with alcohol during early adolescence, the Fontaine family decided to bring their message to a place with close family ties, The University of Georgia, where Jack and his two other children attended college. It is here that Jack and Nancy chose to honor John’s memory in hopes that no other parent receives that dreaded call in the middle of the night.

Do you or someone you love need help with addiction?

The Fontaine Center at the University of Georgia offers resources, including counselors and rehab programs to help you get back on track.

For more information, visit the University of Georgia website.

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While the center relies on evidence-based practices, there are key differences that make it stand out from any other program.


The Fontaine model is based on empowering young people to make good decisions when around alcohol.


Reaching teens before they are faced with the decision to drink.


It uses an individualized approach to each school based on need.

Too often, underage or binge drinking is viewed as an acceptable part of the college experience. It’s time to change that.

The Fontaine Center was established to bring education and awareness to college students about their choices surrounding alcohol and drugs, and to help them make better decisions. Based in the Department of Health promotions, the program offers alcohol and drug support services including:

  • Training
  • Research opportunities
  • Hands-on experience for students interested in prevention, early intervention and recovery support

Additional resources include:

Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention, Early Intervention, and Recovery Support:

Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP):

Online Self-Assessment:

The e-CHUG (electronic Check-Up to Go) is an interactive web survey that allows college and university students to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol.

Crisis Resources:

If in need of immediate safety assistance: Call 911

24/7 RSVP Hotline (connect with a confidential advocate): 706-542-SAFE (7233) Alcohol & Other Drug Support Services: 706-542-8690

Learn more about how you can partner with us to make a difference in your community.

Learn more about the Fontaine model and how it works.

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