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 educates teens, college students on when to call 911: ‘They can actually save a life’


July 29, 2019

By Melissa Crash

Fox 59

Students will soon head off to college, many for the first time. There will be new experiences which come with danger. A program called Rachael’s First Week is working to highlight those and teach young people to be cautious while still having a life-changing experience in college.


Rachael’s First WEek Programs

High School

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.” 


Does setting the legal drinking age at 21 fuel a binge drinking culture among American teens?

Does setting the legal drinking age at 21 fuel a binge drinking culture among American teens?

In America's high schools and colleges, binge drinking and "blacking out" have not only become normalized, but cool. It's a trend that fuels campus tragedies like sexual assault and fraternity hazing deaths. And some experts believe that the United States' minimum legal drinking age of 21 — which is several years higher than the minimum legal drinking age in most other countries — might very well contribute to the problem.

About Rachael’s First Week

Rachael’s First Week is a program dedicated to   protecting the lives of high school seniors and college freshmen as they transition into young adult women and men. 

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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