The Wyoming Valley West (WVW) PROSPER Team holds monthly meetings to work on planning, marketing, and implementing the 3 selected evidence-based programs. Many of the team members also attend the annual statewide PROSPER meeting in the spring.
Having grown since it was first formed in 2002, the WVW PROSPER Team now includes youth in the community who have completed the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP: 10-14). The team has also benefited from the involvement of WVW Middle School Principals who attend the monthly team meetings and provide technical, program, and staff support.
The WVW PROSPER Team has held two successful media events highlighting the prevention programming being conducted within the school district. The team has organized many other marketing efforts to raise awareness about PROSPER in the community, including information sessions, digital billboard displays, school board presentations, PTO presentations, and teacher and student contests.
In collaboration with middle school administrators, information about PROSPER and its evidence-based programs has been disseminated throughout the community via links on the school district website, messages on report cards, and e-blasts to parents.
The team has successfully obtained grants and financial support from the school district to continue the SFP: 10-14 each year. Grants include the Safe School Grant and the Dropout Prevention Grant.
Wyoming Valley West PROSPER team members:
- Maureen Boich, WVW Elementary guidance counselor
- David Bond, WVW Middle School Assistant Principal
- Allison Cryan, WVW Elementary guidance counselor
- Barry Rogers, WVW Middle School Assistant Principal
- Debbie Kester, PROSPER Co-Leader and Middle School guidance counselor
- Louise Menendez, SFP:10-14 program coordinator
- Susan Musto, parent
- Kate Musto, youth
- Syrah Musto, youth
- Maylan Nicholson, WVW Elementary guidance counselor
- Tanya Olaviany, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge
- Janine Olsefski, Wyoming Valley Drug and Alcohol Services
- Jennifer Parulis, Luzerne Intermediate Unit
- Damian Pierontoni, youth
- Judy Roccograndi, parent
- Miah Salgado, youth
- Melissa Tomascik, PROSPER Team Leader
- Deborah Troy, WVW Middle School Principal