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PROSPER Helps Families Build Strong Family Relationships

Posted: February 14, 2011

PROSPER is a model for bringing evidence-based prevention programs to schools and communities with the goal of strengthening families, building youth skills, and reducing youth substance use as well as other problem behaviors. PROSPER programs are led by community teams made up of representatives from Penn State Cooperative Extension, school district personnel, representatives from ...
PROSPER Partnerships

PROSPER Partnerships

PROSPER Helps Families Build Strong Relationships

PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience

How PROSPER Works

PROSPER is a model for bringing evidence based prevention programs to schools and communities with the goal of strengthening families, building youth skills, and reducing youth substance use as well as other problem behaviors.  PROSPER programs are led by community teams made up of representatives from Penn State Cooperative Extension, school district personnel, representatives from community service agencies, parents, youth, and other community members. 

PROSPER offers participating coommunities a menu of proven evidence-based programs.  Teams implement one extra-curricular family-based program for sixth graders (the Strengthening Families Program 10-14).  Community teams also select one of four school-based programs for seventh-grade students during the day.

PROSPER Is Working for Kids and Families!

Evidence-based programs on the PROSPER menu have shown wide range of positive outcomes including higher levels of school engagement, less hostility and aggression, less delinquency, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and lower levels of alcohol and substance use. 

PROSPER teaches skills and attitudes that foster improved family life and parent-child communication and provides students with skills for planning, problem-solving, and peer resistance against problem behaviors.  Studies have shown that these protective factors help youth avoid substance use and risk-taking behaviors.

PROSPER youth also report that their parents are using more consistent and less harsh discipline and that their time together as a family has improved (warmth and cohesion).  They also have increased their family time activities. 

PROSPER in Westmoreland County

Penn State Cooperative Extension is offering PROSPER Stengthening Families Program free for parents or caregivers and their 6th grade children enrolled at the Greensburg Salem  and the Monessen Middle Schools.  The PROSPER-Strengthening Families Program helps parents/caregivers learn nurturing skills that support their children, teaches parents/caregivers how to effectively discipline and guide their youth, gives youth a healthy future orientation and an increased appreciation of their parents/caregivers, and teaches youth skills for dealing with stress and peer pressure. 

The program consists of seven evening sessions. All sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. with a catered family meal.  The educational sessions will be taught at the middle school in each district . Child care is available for younger children.  Registration for the Greensburg Salem and the Monessen program ends February 18, 2011. 

To learn more about PROSPER - Strengthening Families Program, call Anne Lail, Penn State Extension, 724-837-1402 or E-mail: AML21@psu.edu