The Monessen 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.
Programs in Monessen
Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence is offered throughout the year to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. The 8-unit program aims to promote positive youth outcomes and includes interactive lessons on self-confidence, communication skills, emotion management, relationships, and healthy choices.
The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP: 10-14) is offered every fall and spring to 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. Sessions are conducted on Thursday evenings during the 7-week program and are held at the Monessen Middle School.
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 Penn State’s Prevention Research Center.