ThinkFirst of the Ark-La-Tex works to decrease preventable injuries in children, adolescents, and adults by raising awareness through educational programming.  Throughout Northwest Louisiana, East Texas, and Southwest Arkansas, we work to influence community stakeholders such as parents, educators, and policymakers -- to spread our life-saving message.  We know that by working together, we can change lives and reduce the incidence of injury and death due to the preventable brain and spinal cord injuries.

ThinkFirst for Kids 
We want to make an impression on children when they are young.  This program is designed to help students in first through fifth grades develop lifelong safety habits.
We focus on six topics:
  1. Water safety.
  2. Bicycle/pedestrian safety.
  3. Sports/recreational safety.
  4. Vehicle safety.
  5. Violence prevention.
  6. Basic brain and spinal cord anatomy and function.

ThinkFirst for Teens
ThinkFirst of the Ark-La-Tex, in conjunction with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, conducts the ThinkFirst for Teens Assembly.  Teenagers and young adults learn about the consequences of poor decisions in motor vehicles and the lifelong effects of traumatic injury.  The areas of focus are:
  1. An educator discusses the anatomy and function of the brain and spinal cord and the effects of traumatic injury to themselves and others.
  2. A powerful film documenting the consequences of drinking and driving is shown.
  3. A Voice for Injury Prevention (VIP) speaker discusses the traumatic injury they experienced and how it could have been prevented.  This presentation provides an honest discussion of disability and the results of poor choices.
  4. Short video clips are shown describing what happens when safety belts are not used and the consequences of distracted driving.
  5. A time is given for questions by students and teachers.

ThinkFirst for Life
Our adult continuing education program reinforces the ThinkFirst message to colleges, churches, community groups, corporate organizations and senior citizen facilities. This program includes discussions on:
  1. The anatomy and function of the brain and spinal cord and the effects of traumatic injury.
  2. Statistical information that helps adults understand ways in which they can protect themselves and their families  Driving habits.
  3. Home safety.
  4. Road safety.