Rachael's First Week
A program dedicated to protecting the lives of teens
as they transition into young adults.
The mission of Rachael’s First Week is a programming dedicated to protecting the lives of graduating high school seniors and college students by enhancing as their decision-making skills as they transition into young adult men and women.
Rachael’s First Week resources and educational programs were developed through the vision of Angi Fiege, MD, an Indiana University Health Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Trauma, ICU, physician, following the death of her daughter, Rachael Fiege, an incoming freshman at Indiana University.
Rachael’s First WEek Programs
Our high school program was created to help with the transition from life after high school. We strive to equip teens with the skills and knowledge to make good decisions.
Our college program was devised to equip students with the tools to deal with the new situations that they will encounter during their college years. College freshman, in particular, are in a high-risk category, experiencing new freedoms without the same level of supervision and/or support of parents.
Sororities & Fraternities
Many colleges require sororities and fraternities to have one or all of the following types of educational programs: sexual assault, mental health and alcohol drug use/abuse. Rachael’s First Week Program is able to fulfill all of these requirements through our program.
James M. Danko of Butler University recommends that students visit rachaelsfirstweek.org to learn about making smart choices, and he asks them to intervene when they see someone in trouble. “Help someone out who doesn’t realize the kind of trouble that they’re in,” he said at the 2018 convocation. “We depend on each of you to watch over each other.”
Like other parents who have experienced the untimely death of their child, I looked for a way to prevent any other parent or sibling or friend from enduring the horrific anguish that comes with the death of a child. Unfortunately, what happened to Rachael is not particularly unique. The facts are that the demographic of young adults entering college is unrecognized as a uniquely vulnerable population.
Freshman college students have a higher risk of incidence due to alcohol poisoning, depression, and sexual assault.
In the six years since Rachael’s death, Rachael’s First Week program has reached almost 10,000 students in the state of Indiana, speaking at high schools, colleges, sororities, and fraternities as well as reaching millions through their social media channels.
About Rachael’s First Week
Rachael’s First Week is a program dedicated to
These can be tumultuous years when peers often look to each other for guidance as they encounter novel and potentially dangerous situations, rather than engaging experienced mentors to provide solutions.
The mission of Rachael’s First Week is to develop the decision-making skills of teens as they enter this time of monumental change in their lives.
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