PROSPER in Lackawanna County


The Carbondale Area School District is a public school district that serves 1,588 students in grades PK, K-12 residing in the City of Carbondale and Fell Township in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. The district was an original intervention school as part of the PROSPER research project which began in 2001. Since then, the district has been implementing two evidence-based prevention programs: The Strengthening Families Program: for Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) and LifeSkills Training. SFP 10-14 is offered in the evening from 5:30 – 8:00 PM to 5th and 6th graders and their parents and caregivers. The program is held at the Carbondale Area Elementary School. LifeSkills Training is taught during the school day by trained 8th grade health teachers.
This Carbondale family is discussing a treasure map that was created during the youth session one. It depicts the goals and dreams of the youth in relation to jobs and career, family and friends, hobbies and leisure activities, and health and fitness.
Family eating dinner

Supporting Families

The Strengthening Families Program: for Parents and Youth 10-14 starts Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 5:30 PM– 8:00 PM at the Carbondale Area Elementary School. The program includes dinner, attendance prizes, and childcare for younger children.
Middle school kids giving thumbs up

Supporting Kids

LifeSkills Training is a 15-lesson curriculum taught during 8th grade health class. It helps students develop resistance to peer and media pressure to use substances, a positive self-image, and decision-making, problem-solving skills, and effective communication skills.
Group of teens studying

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Promoting Youth Resilience and Mental Health (2022 PROSPER Statewide Event)

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