In 2003, Family Connections, a social services agency in Orange, N.J., launched Clean&Cool, a research-based outpatient substance abuse treatment and life skills training program for teenagers involved with alcohol, drugs and other high-risk behaviors. It subcontracted with BuenaOnda Pictures to produce a documentary about the program.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Jersey Health Initiatives national program.
- The Clean&Cool program served 212 high-risk teenagers over a three-year period; 62 percent of the participants were drug/alcohol free upon program completion.
- The project produced a film documentary and a companion workshop presenting the lessons of the Clean&Cool program to other organizations.