Thank you for your interest in Project READY!

I am Dr. David Stewart, a child-clinical psychologist at Seattle Pacific University. I have worked with youth struggling with alcohol and drug use for the past 20 years and during that time have been committed to understanding what works to help them break-free from the tragic consequences of substance abuse and dependency. One of the things I have learned is that adolescents are capable of making informed decisions about their lives and when this capability is enhanced, it can lead to motivation for change.

Project READY was originally funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse as a school-based program to prevent escalation of drug use in teens. It is now being supported by the School of Psychology Family and Community at Seattle Pacific University and we are continuing to study the effectiveness of brief intervention that motivates youth for change. The Project READY team consists of myself and a group of doctoral students at SPU and most importantly, staff at community sites who are working with youth every day. Our goal is to assist professional staff in engaging youth to participate in the excellent treatment services provided in schools and community agencies.


Working with Project READY is open to any student who would like to gain information about their risk of harm from substances. Teachers, counselors, and administrators can refer students to the project but participation is voluntary. Any information gathered from Project READY is confidential and can never be shared without the student’s consent. If you would like to refer a student, give his/her name to a counselor and he/she will be contacted by a READY team member.

The feedback and incentive technologies developed for Project READY have been designed to be given away to our community partners and to their clients at no cost. I have enclosed a brief handout describing Project READY that I encourage you to review and share with your staff. I look forward to speaking with you in the near future to answer questions about the project and to explore the possibility of your partnership with us.