PROSPER in Lehigh County
PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) is a model for bringing evidence-based prevention programs to school and communities with the goal of strengthening families, building youth skills, and reducing youth substance use as well as other problem behaviors. PROSPER has been in the Jim Thorpe School District since 2002 – serving over 1600 students (K through 8) in the LB Morris and Penn Kidder Elementary Schools. PROSPER offers a menu of proven evidenced-based programs: The Strengthening Families Program: for Parent and Youth 10-14 for 5th and 6th grade students and Botvin LifeSkills Training Program for all 7th grade students.
Families are playing a knot game on the first night – they are learning to work together to reach goals. Both youth and parents have discussed goals for the future and steps needed to achieve them.
In SFP 10-14, families work together to problem solve, use effective discipline and guidance for a healthy future, and give youth skills for dealing with stress and peer pressure.
Botvin LifeSkills Training – Classes are taught during health class at both elementary schools to all 7th grade students – reaching over 200 students per year.
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