The ONLY science based prevention program in Indian River County.
While considerable effort has been expended by many dedicated professionals and concerned citizens, success in the 'war on drugs' has been difficult to achieve. Substance use has progressively worsened since 1992. The scientific evidence-based LifeSkills® Training program is one of the only prevention programs to reduce the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. LifeSkills® Training has positively impacted adolescent’s health knowledge and attitudes, assertiveness, self-mastery and personal control, self-confidence, self-satisfaction, and social anxiety. LifeSkills® has shown to reduce bullying and violence, delinquency, teenage pregnancy and HIV infection. The LifeSkills® program sends trained educational professionals into the classroom to teach middle school students the following units: Self-Image and Self-Improvement, Making Decisions, Smoking, Alcohol, Drugs, Advertising, Violence, Anxiety, Coping with Anger, Communication Skills, Social Skills, Assertiveness and Resolving Conflicts. Unfortunately, many people go through their entire lives without learning these skills or only partially learning them.
Our LifeSkills® Training program has expanded to now include an after-school program for at-risk kids, at the SAC office and at the four middle schools.
The LifeSkills® Training program has been selected as an exemplary, research-based prevention program by: American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Drug Strategies, Inc., National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the White House Office of Drug Policy. It is an all year, three year program for grades 6-8.
Substance Awareness Center’s LifeSkills® Training goals include:
We believe that achieving the above goals will decrease LifeSkills® participants risk for substance use and its devastating effects (physically, emotionally and socially), as well as, prepare students cognitively with the essential skills needed in dealing with many stressful life situations.
The numbers are in - LifeSkills Training is a hit!
Substance Awareness Center
of Indian River County
1507 20th Street
Vero Beach, Florida 32960
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