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    Pre-School Services

    FOUNDATIONS
    The FOUNDATIONS program is a comprehensive Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Preschool Prevention Program originally developed by Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects in conjunction with Seton Hill Day Care, Inc. The goal of this curriculum is to lay a foundation of positive life skills that will assist the youth of tomorrow to foster independence, enhance coping and relating, understand self concept, learn decision making, and begin an awareness of ATOD information.

    The FOUNDATIONS curriculum encourages parents and teachers joining together in cooperative and collaborative ways to help build and strengthen resiliency and protective factors in young children. Through this connection it is hoped that young children will observe adult role models who respect life and have a better chance of growing up “drug-free”.

    Elementary Services

    R.E.A.L. (Realistic Education About Life)
    In-Class Presentations are the core of this prevention curriculum developed by the Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects. A series of interactive, developmentally appropriate lessons has been designed for individual grade levels from Kindergarten through grade 6. Lessons include student activities, videos, and enrichment follow-up materials. The curriculum meets the Act 211 of 1990 empowerment Goals and the Educational Standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Topic areas include Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) information, self-concept, coping/relating skills, decision making, and violence prevention skills.

    Evidence-Based Model Programs
    Evidence-based programs are approaches that have been developed and evaluated using scientific processes. These programs are grounded in a clear theoretical foundation and have been carefully implemented and evaluated. The evaluation findings have been subjected to critical review by other researchers and the program has been replicated in a variety of settings. Examples of these programs available through the Prevention Projects include –

    Botvin Life Skills Program
    A 3-year ATOD Prevention Program with 8 sequential lessons/year for Grades 3-5 or Grades 4-6.

    Project Achieve
    The Stop and Think Program addresses social skills and conflict resolution for pre-kindergarten through grade 8.

    Second Step
    Addresses violence reduction and prevention for pre-kindergarten through grade five with twenty lessons/year. There is also a parent program component.

    Too Good for Drugs
    Addresses ATOD use and reinforces resiliency skills for kindergarten through grade 8; ten sequential lessons each year.

     

    Secondary Services

    Tough Topics for Teens
    Tough Topics for Teens presentations are designed for single classroom interactions for all students at a given grade level. Information is provided on a wide variety of topics including life skills, conflict resolution, violence reduction, drug prevention, and diversity. The Tough Topics for Teens program provides basic knowledge and skill practice to help students successfully make decisions that will allow them to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Interactive role-plays, videos, and student activities all combine to create interesting and challenging programs for students.

    Evidence-Based Model Programs
    The researched-based programs offered for middle/junior high and senior high schools include Project Alert (11 sessions), Project Alert Booster (3 sessions), Project Toward No Drug Abuse [TND] (12 sessions), and Too Good for Drugs and Violence (12 sessions) are evidence-based gateway drug prevention programs aimed at reducing, delaying, and preventing the use of drugs among adolescents. The programs are designed for single classrooms and are highly interactive.
     

    Evaluation

    All classroom presentations are evaluated by pre and post knowledge assessment tests administered by the Prevention Projects’ staff. The results are used to develop new programming, revise existing programs, and examine current issues or concerns. School administrators receive a detailed analysis of the evaluation results.

    Bullying Prevention Services

    Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
    This research-based program is a multilevel, multi-component, school-based program designed for the reduction and prevention of bullying/victim problems in elementary, middle, and junior high schools. The program attempts to change the culture and the behavior of students through the 4 major core components: School-Wide Elements, Classroom Elements, Individual Interventions, and Community Efforts. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program has been recognized as an evidence-based, model program by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Researched based outcomes have shown:

    • Substantial reductions in boys’ and girls” reports of bullying and victimization 
    • Significant reduction in students’ reports of general antisocial behavior such as vandalism, fighting, theft, and truancy 
    • Improvements in the school and classroom “social climate” 
    • Improvement in social relationships, discipline, and schoolwork
       

    Professional Development Series

     Workshops and in-service trainings are available to school districts throughout Western Pennsylvania and cover a variety of topics ranging from “Update on the Scope of the Drug Problem” to “Conflict Resolution Skills for Educators” and “Teachers Can Cope”. These sessions provide the opportunity for both educators and administrators to improve their knowledge and skills as well as interacting with one another.