Youth Programs

  • Red Ribbon Week 2022 - Red Ribbon Week begins Sunday, October 23rd and this year's theme is "Celebrate Life. Living Drug Free." As we prepare for Red Ribbon Week, we are sharing ideas for daily activities, as well as social media posts to utilize within your school community. Don't forget to send us pictures of what your students are doing for Red Ribbon Week, we will be sending out emails to highlight your activities.
  • What Makes You Happy Contest - Tell Sussex County what decisions you make that make you happy! This is a spin off on the annual What’s Your Anti-Drug Contest. Singing, Sports, Scouts, Dancing, Drawing, Friends, Pets and MORE! If you’re in grades K-3, we want your original story, artwork, poetry or photograph, which tells the world: What Makes You Happy?
  • Plant the Promise - Red Ribbon Week, October 23rd-31st is a nationally recognized initiative each fall with an emphasis on prevention education and commitment to living a safe, healthy and drug-free life. Plant the Promise is a wonderful way to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Students plant red flower bulbs during Red Ribbon Week in the Fall which bloom in the Spring, and serve as a reminder of the importance and the beauty of living a drug-free life.
  • 2022 Alcohol Awareness Contest Winners - Here are the winners of our 22nd Annual Alcohol Awareness PSA contest “Everything is Awesome When You’re Alcohol Free”, 11 Sussex County schools had winning entries! With over 100 submissions, these entries truly stood out. Thank you to the teachers that had students enter as we appreciate their concern about this topic.
  • NEW JERSEY CHILD ASSAULT PREVENTION (NJ CAP) - Using the Covey model “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teen”, this program introduces the seven habits as they apply to teens and how each can enrich their lives and the lives of those around them. This program utilizes evidence-based strategies, such as being strength-based, culturally competent and focused on resiliency and youth protective factors. The program applies the timeless principles of the “7 Habits” to teens and the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face.  By providing all participating youth with this training, the “7 Habits of Effective Teens” will become the foundation upon which other social competencies will be developed. Social competencies are those skills and abilities which, according to research published by Hawkins and Catalano, help youth to become resilient and able to make healthy life choices. The goal of this training is to improve social competencies among youth through various skill-building opportunities designed to increase their resiliency and ability to make healthy life choices.  Outcomes can be a reduction in alcohol and other drug use and an increase in leadership skills.
  • PreVenture - PreVenture is a 4-week evidence-based prevention program that uses four different personality interventions. The program's goals are to promote mental health, increase skill development and delay substance use among youth. At its core, the program aims to provide youth with cognitive behavioral skills to help them cope with the multiple challenges many teens face, such as academic stress, peer pressure, and interpersonal conflict. In addition, the program identifies at-risk youth through a universal screening tool.
  • What’s Your Anti-Drug Contest Winners! - This is the 21st Annual "What's Your Anti-Drug" (WYAD) supplement that the New Jersey Herald and the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities, a program of the Center for Prevention and Counseling, have collaborated on. This year over 700 Sussex County students from 28 different schools, in grades K-12th submitted an entry to the Annual WYAD Contest or submitted an entry to "What Makes You Happy?" contest.
  • Summit 2021 - We are celebrating our 21st annual Taking Flight to Change Middle School Summit and the theme is Together We Can Make A Difference. Middle schools in Sussex County (nearly 5000 kids!) will be participating by viewing powerful videos tailored to our students, taking part in daily Kindness Challenges and listening to empowering speakers. We are confident this week’s events will energize and motivate students just as it has in the past 20 years! Throughout the week, we hope you check us out daily at noon for our Facebook LIVE event and message of the day. A special thank you to our event sponsor, Visions Federal Credit Union, as well as our supporter Selective Insurance Foundation.
  • Red Ribbon Week Toolkit - Red Ribbon Week begins Saturday, October 23rd and this year's theme is "Drug Free, Looks Like Me." As we prepare for Red Ribbon Week, we are sharing ideas for daily activities, as well as social media posts to utilize within your school community. Don't forget to send us pictures of what your students are doing for Red Ribbon Week, we will be sending out emails to highlight your activities.
  • Week of Respect - Week of Respect is an opportunity for New Jersey schools to focus on building and supporting positive school climates for students, staff and your school community! The week of respect is an excellent opportunity to kick-start year-long campaigns and initiatives. Center for Prevention and Counseling has provided daily themes, social media posts and projects that are easy for Sussex County schools to replicate during Week of Respect.