Secondary School-Age Youth
Our core programs for Secondary School-Age Youth include:
Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills Development
Using a strengths-based model, we offer an array of programs – three of which are evidence-based -- that foster the development of problem-solving and decision-making skills. The Life Skills for Teens program covers topics such as assertiveness, self-image, decision making, communication, and conflict resolution. Project SUCCESS, a school-based mentoring program designed to prevent and reduce substance abuse, helps young people develop resiliency and coping skills. We also offer the Youth Support Program, allowing students to meet in small groups to discuss issues such as stress or coping with grief and loss.
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Education and Prevention
Among the programs we offer to help youth make positive choices regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs is the “Too Good for Drugs” evidence-based program. Our Current Drug Trends program is tailored for each particular audience and updated constantly so students are aware of the dangers associated with the drugs most abused in their community. The HOPE (Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education) program features local families who have been affected by the worst drug crisis in U.S. history and who are willing to share their stories. All programs let teens know where they can access help.
Anger Management and Conflict Resolution
We help young people recognize and manage their emotions and resolve conflict in non-violent ways. In addition to the “Too Good for Violence” evidence-based program, we offer sessions on conflict resolution, anger management, and peer mediation.
Support to Schools
We offer training and support to secondary school-based Student Assistance Program (SAP) teams.
We work with young people to help them identify forms of bullying, as well as bullying behaviors, and then help them develop the skills to prevent or interrupt bullying, including cyber bullying. Two of the programs we offer are evidence-based: “Second Step” and “Too Good for Violence.”
We help teens develop the internal strengths they need to be successful in life. Our character education programs use a variety of approaches to help students develop social and emotional skills, ethical reasoning and decision-making skills, and responsible leadership.
Promoting Safe and Positive Relationships
We help young people develop the self-esteem, empathy, and interpersonal/social skills that form the basis of healthy relationships. Using another evidence-based program, “Safe Dates,” we teach students how to recognize the signs of mental, physical, or sexual abuse in a dating relationship.