About Us


The Challenge

Statistics show a troubling rise in alcohol and drug use among youth in recent years, including spikes in marijuana, ecstasy, juuling and prescription drug use. At the same time, youth-oriented substance prevention programs are in decline. New media and our children’s peers have filled this vacuum and, as a result, children are being exposed and given access to addictive substances at increasingly early ages.   

The best prevention for teenage substance abuse begins well before adolescents ever consider using drugs or alcohol. Early middle school is the time to get out in front of this issue and influence decision making. Research shows that youth begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol as early as the 5th grade.

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24 chemicals on the 2012 FDA list of Harmful or Potentially Harmful substances have been found in e-Cigarettes.

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Our Proven Approach

Being Adept's science-based approach is proven to increase knowledge regarding drugs and alcohol. UC San Francisco cited “significant increases” in knowledge about alcohol and drugs and the potential harms they cause following sessions using the Being Adept curriculum in an April 2011 preliminary study. 

Our instructors are experienced in the fields of science, medicine and behavioral health. They are college graduates and mentors who are well suited to connect with kids on a personal level.  Lessons are engaging and interactive.  They are designed with input from the University of San Francisco, UC San Diego and UC Berkeley.

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Why We Are Different

The mission of Being Adept, a research and science-based nonprofit organization, is to prevent alcohol and drug abuse among adolescents by empowering youth and parents to make informed choices.  

Founded in 2010 by Jennifer Grellman, LMFT Counseling Psychology, we partner with 5th – 8th grade students and their parents on a multi-component prevention strategy that blends the latest scientific findings from behavioral health experts with interactive classroom lessons that have been survey-tested.

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Our Reach

Our growing program reaches over 10,000 students and parents at an ever-expanding number of public and private middle schools in Northern California. We are one of the few research-based, survey-vetted programs in existence.  We make saying "no" to drugs and alcohol their choice rather than our demand.


Meet Our Team