The Wyoming Valley West (WVW) 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 Wyoming Valley West
All Stars is delivered to 7th grade students by WVW health teachers. All Stars is a prevention program proven to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, and reduces bullying and fighting by: building idealism and a belief in the future, establishing positive norms and personal commitments to avoid risky behaviors, and by promoting bonds to school and positive parental attentiveness.
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 WVW PROSPER Team offers SFP: 10-14 to 5th and 6th grade students and their families twice per year- in the fall and spring. Groups are typically run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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 PSU’s Prevention Research Center.