About Gilliam's Promise
Gilliam's Promise sponsors a student-led Club in the community for students grades 6-12. The criteria that must be met to be eligible for Club membership is as follows: (1) students must submit to random drug testing, (2) students must have no more than 3 unexcused absences per school year, (3) students must be involved in at least one after-school activity/sport or be employed at least 10 hours a week throughout the school year, and (4) students must maintain a C+ average for the school year. (5) Students must participate in club meetings and activities. Any student that meets the criteria and tests negative for substance use will be awarded a scholarship at the end of the school year to be placed in an escrow account. Upon graduation the funds will be allocated in the name of that student to a higher institute of learning or vocational training program that the student plans to attend to offset costs of tuition, books, etc. The scholarship amount for the 2011-2012 school year is $1000, but may be adjusted in future years at the Board's discretion.
Gilliam's Promise and its mission to safeguard our children from illegal drug use should be a model for every US city.
~ Senator Jim Davis
Gilliam's Promise Activities
Gilliam's Promise works through positive reinforcement to help our youth stay clear of drugs. As an organization, Gilliam's Promise believes that any successful approach to the problem of drugs in young people must incorporate a rewards based system. As such, one of the things we have focused on is providing fun activities to those teenagers who have met the Gilliam's Promise membership criteria. So far, we have organized trips to the beach as well as a whitewater rafting adventure and there are many more activities still to come.