Our Story

In 2008, Scott and Julia Starkey lost their son, Carson, to alcohol poisoning during a hazing incident during his freshman year. The Starkey family committed their lives and resources to prevent further tragedies and established Aware Awake Alive, a national non-profit dedicated alcohol poisoning prevention. It was their mission to equip youth and their communities with the tools and confidence to take care of each other and make better choices around alcohol.

Carson with his brother, Hayden

Aware Awake Alive programming has been implemented across the California State University System and on college and high school campuses nationwide.  They’ve worked in tandem with many national Greek organizations to shift culture and affect positive change in fraternity and sorority communities.  They’ve also had success in helping remove barriers for students to do the right thing through Good Samaritan Amnesty policies and legislation at the local and state level.

Since its inception, Cal Poly has been one of Aware Awake Alive’s greatest supporters and is now the home base for the organization.  

The Starkey family wanted to find ways to help address the many other critical social issues facing students and institutions of higher education.  

To broaden the influence and mission of Aware Awake Alive and build upon their successful peer-to-peer education and intervention model, a new organization was established: WITH US — The Center for Bystander Intervention.  

WITH US will maintain Aware Awake Alive as a signature program and will continue to offer awareness campaigns, resources, and other tools for free!

For free alcohol poisoning prevention resources and educational tools, visit AwareAwakeAlive.org


Our Vision

To create safe campus communities where all students can thrive.

Our Mission

To empower peer-led movements of proactive bystander intervention.

OUTREACH: Foster collaborative and multidisciplinary partnerships through the National Network for Peer Accountability.

EDUCATION: Provide training and education programs designed to empower proactive bystander behavior among students.


RESEARCH: Lead and contribute to new prevention research, program assessment, and innovative education solutions.

RESOURCES: Provide evidence-based bystander intervention resources to support campus communities in their prevention efforts.

Be WITH US. Join the Network.

Join the Center for Bystander Intervention.

There are no costs or commitments, just opportunity to collaborate and bolster our collective impact.