Guiding Good Choices

Helping guide adolescents to make healthy choices by equipping their parents with evidence-based parenting approaches.

Beyond the Program:

The social development strategy that underlies Guiding Good Choices has applicability in all realms of adolescent development. Beyond our deep investment in bringing GGC to our parent body, we are also working to bring the social developent approach into SAR High School, to inform our interactions with students and help foster healthy bonding which, in turn, encourages students to make healthy choices. We are also bringing GGC to other Jewish schools and communities, sharing our research and experience to help create a climate that fosters healthy adolescent development across our community. 

To find out more about our program and how you can join our cohort or bring this program to your community

Teen Substance Abuse Survey

This year, Machon Siach at SAR High School continued its role in deepening our community’s understanding of challenges to adolescent wellbeing, and sharing effective, evidence-based interventions for addressing those challenges. In February, we once again surveyed thousands of Modern Orthodox 10th and 12th graders in 17 high schools across the United States to gather data about our children’s emotional wellbeing; connection to parents, schools, and community; and antisocial behavior such as gambling and substance use. The data gathered were fascinating in themselves, and valuable when compared to the data previously gathered in 2019 and 2020. In May, we invited principals from all of the participating schools to SAR High School to see a presentation about what we had learned from the survey, and to hear about Guiding Good Choices.

GGC Facilitators

Ms. Ilana Gadish

Ms. Ilana Gadish

Dr. Russell Hoffman

Dr. Russell Hoffman

Ms. Shifra Landowne

Ms. Shifra Landowne

Dr. Yoni Mandelbaum

Dr. Yoni Mandelbaum

Ms. Lisa Birnbaum

Ms. Lisa Birnbaum

Ms. Randi Shane

Ms. Randi Shane

Participating Schools

Building on our work, the OU created a program called Gen Alef and a number of other schools in the New York/New Jersey area began implementing this program in their schools.