The Council provides the following programs for elementary and middle school students, with the overall goal to preclude the onset of the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by youth and to foster the development of social and physical environments that facilitate healthy, drug-free lifestyles:
The Botvin LifeSkills Training Elementary School program is a comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally appropriate substance abuse and violence prevention program designed for upper elementary school students. This highly effective curriculum has been proven to help increase self-esteem, develop healthy attitudes, and improve their knowledge of essential life skills – all of which promote healthy and positive personal development. The eight lessons provide learning objectives in personal self-management skills, general social skills, and drug resistance skills. The program is implemented in 3rd to 5th grades; one to three times a week in a classroom setting.
All Stars is an evidenced-based program for middle school students (11-14 years old) designed to prevent and delay the onset of high-risk behaviors such as drug use, and violence. The program focuses on five topics important to preventing high-risk behaviors: (1) developing positive ideals that do not fit with high-risk behavior; (2) creating a belief in conventional norms; (3) building strong personal commitments to avoid high-risk behaviors; (4) bonding with school, prosocial institutions, and family; and (5) increasing positive parental attentiveness such as positive communication and parental monitoring. The All Stars curriculum includes highly interactive group activities, games and art projects, small group discussions, and a celebration ceremony. All Stars Core consists of thirteen 45-minute class sessions delivered on a weekly basis by the Council’s prevention specialists.
Youth Connection, Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG) Program is an evidence-based program for middle school students consisting of 10-12 sequential sessions for youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades and delivered in a highly-structured support group process by a trained Prevention Specialist. It is designed for those students whose high-risk situations, attitudes and behaviors place them at elevated risk for substance abuse, delinquency and violence. The CBSG Program provides coping, social and substance abuse prevention skills that include learning how to cope with difficult family situations, resisting peer pressure, setting and achieving goals, and refusing alcohol tobacco, and other drugs. Studies show that the combination of small group numbers, life skills, and caring adult support provided in the CBSG Program are effective in reducing key risks for substance abuse, delinquency and violence.