working together for safe and healthy communities

aka GUIDE, Inc.   |   Lawrenceville, GA   |


GUIDE’s mission is to improve community conditions by utilizing collaborations, promoting positive youth development, delivering specialized training and resources and preventing substance use and abuse.

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Executive Director

Jessica Andrews-Wilson

Main address

PO Box 1922

Lawrenceville, GA 30046 USA

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NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only) (F21)

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Youth Advisory Board (YAB)

Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a group of high school students from across Gwinnett County who come together to learn leadership skills, provide input to various aspects of GUIDE programming and conduct substance abuse prevention projects. Our YAB members are committed to positively impacting the community, as well as making responsible and healthy personal choices.
YAB members develop and practice key leadership skills such as public speaking, group management, networking, decision-making, planning, organization and time management. Former YAB members have gone on to serve in prestigious leadership positions in other organizations and on their college campuses, receive full scholarships to colleges of their choice, lead their fellow youth in community organizing activities and have been selected to serve as interns and paid summer staff for GUIDE.

Population(s) Served

Georgia Teen Institute (GTI) is a youth leadership program for Youth Action Teams throughout Georgia that begins with a summer training program and continues with year-round support. Youth Action Teams attend a four-day residential camp held at Oxford College to develop leadership skills and engage in the Strategic Prevention Framework planning process through workshops, Team Meetings and team building activities. The teams work to plan and implement peer-focused prevention and community service projects. GUIDE follows up throughout the year with additional training and technical assistance, networking meetings and monthly reports outlining teams’ progress.
Georgia Teen Institute offers a variety of educational, personal growth, recreational and social experiences. Participants get a taste of college life while at GTI, as our program is held each year at Oxford College. Over the course of the four day program, participants spend time throughout Oxford’s campus. Large group sessions are held in the college auditorium, small group sessions, including workshops, are held in classrooms and participants have access to the gym, pool and other recreational facilities during free time. As a whole, our program provides a balance of planned instruction, individual and group sharing of ideas and strategies, team building, individual enrichment and fun! In a day at GTI, participants can expect to attend Team Meetings, do fun team building activities in Family Group, go to workshops and engage in a large group General Session, with activities ranging from energizers to keynote speakers.

Population(s) Served

Youth Action Teams (YATs) are formal groups of youth with at least one Adult Advisor that plan and implement peer-focused prevention and community service projects that positively impact their peers and communities. YATs can be established in or affiliated with schools, community organizations, faith communities, businesses, agencies, civic groups, neighborhoods or anywhere that youth naturally congregate or are invited to participate. Registration for YATs to attend GTI opens in January of each year for the summer program.

Population(s) Served

GUIDE has used data-driven, evidence-based strategies since 1986 to reduce and prevent the use, misuse and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by focusing on environmental strategies to achieve community-level change. GUIDE follows SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) for all strategic planning. In addition, we utilize local, state and national data to drive our decision making and planning.

GUIDE has focused significantly on reducing underage drinking since 2000 when we saw a substantial increase in teen drinking. Early on, we adopted the evidence-based program, Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA), and mobilized a community task force that implemented a number of critical environmental strategies.
Our current underage drinking prevention initiatives are ASAPP and STOP Act.

Population(s) Served

GUIDE has several initiatives in Gwinnett County to address opioid use and misuse.

In partnership with local law enforcement agencies in the county, GUIDE promotes Drug Take Back Days, as well as the prescription drug disposal drop box locations throughout the county.

GUIDE has provided handouts on heroin and the brain and addiction to Gwinnett County Public Schools that are available to parents, teachers and students. In the coming months, GUIDE will be developing posters and other materials related to opioids that will be available for use throughout the schools.

Our “Inspired to Make Healthy Choices” monthly newsletter, which features several issues related to opioids, is on display throughout the county each month by several GUIDE partners, including Gwinnett County Public Schools and Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.

In addition, as the use and misuse of prescription drugs and opioids grow in Gwinnett, we are continuing to partner with the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services to identify resources and explore new prevention strategies.

Population(s) Served

GUIDE is targeting high suicide burden areas using data-driven, research-validated, evidence-based strategic approaches. Using SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model, GUIDE is working to increase the availability of suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings, decrease perceived stigma of suicide, increase awareness of suicide prevention and intervention strategies and increase use of evidence-based suicide prevention strategies.
Gatekeeper trainings refer to programs that are designed to teach individuals the warning signs of suicide and how to respond in a crisis situation. GUIDE offers the following trainings (online and in person) throughout each year:
YMHFA - Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.
QPR - QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. The QPR Online Gatekeeper Training is taught in a clear, concise format using the latest in educational technology and practices.
**If you have reached this page because you are in need of immediate support, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Population(s) Served
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Gwinnett United In Drug Education, Inc. (GUIDE) was founded in 1986 as a joint effort between the Gwinnett County Board of Education and the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. GUIDE was organized to mobilize and equip the Gwinnett community with the information and strategies needed to promote positive youth development, improve community conditions and address other issues associated with substance use and abuse.

How we listen

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    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

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    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

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Board of directors
as of 5/10/2021
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Board chair

Jose Doyague


Term: 2016 -

Berthine Crèvecoeur West

Westbridge Solutions, LLC

Ellen Gerstein

Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services

Jasmine Billings

City of Lawrenceville

Lindsey Jorstad

Gwinnett County Community Services

Melissa Tillery

Partners Personnel

Tasha Guadalupe

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Wendy Palmer

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Jeffery Kyle

Capital One Auto Finance

Linda Schoepf

Gwinnett Little Caesars

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

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