The Bradford PROSPER Team, in collaboration with community schools, offers both an in-school and a family-focused program. Unlike other agencies and organizations, the PROSPER Team supports the delivery of programs designed to promote skills that are relevant and meant to be beneficial to all youth and families, not just those “at risk.” By implementing both a school and a family program, youth are supported in the two most important domains of their lives, home and school.
PROSPER Programs in Bradford:
In the past, AllStars was delivered to 7th graders throughout the school year. All Stars is designed to delay or prevent the onset of substance abuse, violence, sexual activity, and other risky behaviors by fostering positive personal characteristics. During one of the last years it was implemented, the in-school program was provided to 187 Bradford 7th grade students. We are hopeful to be able to offer this program again, to the Bradford Area School District.
The Strengthening Families Program: for Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP: 10-14) is offered to 5th and 6th graders and their parents. This program features a concurrent parent-only and youth-only hour long segment, followed by an hour long joint family segment. Interactive sessions include role playing, discussions, learning games, and family projects. The SFP: 10-14 is taught to a group of 8 to 13 families over a period of seven weeks. The Bradford PROSPER Team offers the SFP: 10-14 in the spring and the fall.
These programs have been carefully selected based on compelling scientific evidence that they are effective for helping youth lead successful lives. To ensure that these programs are implemented as designed year after year, the PROSPER Team receives guidance from Penn State Extension and prevention researchers at the Penn State Prevention Research Center.