The Riverside PROSPER Team, in collaboration with the Riverside School District and community agencies, offers 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.”
The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP: 10-14) is offered annually 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 Riverside PROSPER Team offers SFP: 10-14 one week night from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.during the fall and winter. Free meals, child care and transportation assistance (if needed) is included.
This program has been carefully selected based on compelling scientific evidence that it is effective for helping youth lead successful lives. To ensure that this program is implemented as designed year after year, the PROSPER Team receives guidance from Penn State Extension and prevention researchers at PSU’s Prevention Research Center.