Social Betterment and Humanitarian Programs
At South Coast Mission we support programs that help improve conditions in our community and beyond. Two of the main programs we are active in are The Way to Happiness and The Truth About Drugs programs.
The Way to Happiness Program
Tolerance, kindness, trust and honesty are becoming rarer commodities in society. The Way to Happiness program is a grass-roots movement to bring about an increase in tolerance and understanding and a restoration of fundamental values in society. The program is based on the book The Way to Happiness, written in 1981 by L. Ron Hubbard to provide a non-religious common-sense guide to better living and to restore integrity and trust to humankind.
The Way to >Happiness is comprised of 21 precepts, or general rules for behavior, including “Respect the Religious Beliefs of Others”; “Love and Help Children”, “Honor and Help Your Parents”; “Seek to Live with the Truth”; “Safeguard and Improve Your Environment”; “Be Worthy of Trust” and “Try to Treat Others as You Would Want Them to Treat You.”
The Way to Happiness has been published in 114 languages and over 100 million copies have been distributed in 170 countries. It is used across the globe by various groups and organizations, such as schools, youth community groups, police programs, prisons and governments, to bring about more tolerance and safer conditions.
Helping children and teenagers
Moral standards have declined over the decades and no one has been more affected than our children and teenagers. The proliferation of drugs, violence in schools, and a loss of moral compass are just some of the challenges our youth has to deal with.
How we help
At South Coast Mission we participate in The Way to Happiness program by handing out booklets and participating in projects such as beach and creek cleanups and school educational programs.
Watch The Way to Happiness Film
See the 21 precepts of The Way to Happiness in this beautifully made feature-length film.
Watch The Way to Happiness in action in South Central Los Angeles
The Truth About Drugs Program
The Truth About Drugs program is made available free of charge to educators worldwide, in recognition that the solution to drug use is to reduce the demand through education. When young people learn the facts about drugs and their effects, they tend to decide for themselves to stay away from them.
The Truth About Drugs: Real People, Real Stories documentary, featuring former users who survived addiction and now talk about it so young people hear the unvarnished truth about drug abuse.
The Truth About Drugs fact-filled booklets on commonly abused drugs educates young people on what drugs are and what they do. Booklets are available for:
- Drugs in general
- Synthetic drugs
- Crack cocaine
- Crystal Meth
- Ritalin abuse
- Prescription drug abuse
The Truth About Drugs Educators Guide: the centerpiece of the comprehensive Education Package, contains a full semester of lesson plans for middle school, high school, college-level or community programs.
“They Said, They Lied” posters are suitable for display in classrooms, community centers, police stations and other settings.