Prevention Programs

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The goal of all our prevention programs is to aid young people in making the choice to abstain from alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and gambling. Our programs are also geared toward educating individuals and groups about the dangers of substance abuse and gambling. For more information please contact us or download our brochure

New PANDA logo, 2012PROJECT PANDA  Project PANDA (Prevent And Neutralize Drug and Alcohol Abuse) is a youth-led, adult-guided drug prevention program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Drug-Free Leadership Clubs  Drug-Free Leadership Clubs are for students in middle school and high school. Meetings are held in the schools, usually during lunch, after school or during I/E time and meet 1-2 times a month. During meetings students participate in activities that reinforce healthy choices, leadership, communication skills and much more.

PANDA Camps  At camp, students participate in a three-day overnight experience and/or a one day Mini-PANDA conference. They learn different life skills (leadership, resiliency, self-esteem building), drug education and how to have fun while being drug-free. Overnight camps are held three times per year, for6th-8th grade students. The Mini-PANDA conference is held once a year for 5th-8th grade students. After camp the students are responsible for taking some of the PANDA Camp experience back to their schools and are encouraged to take an active role in spreading the drug-free message to their peers. Call 330-315-3761 for more information or contact Lauren Munk.

Youth Staff  Key to the success of Project PANDA is our volunteer youth staff (grades 9-12) who are positive role models to the younger participants at PANDA Camps. The youth staff have positive attitudes towards a drug-free lifestyle. They meet once a month to learn more about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, plan PANDA events, and drug free activities.


Summit County Teen Institute  drug-free leadership club for high school students in Summit County. The club is based upon youth-led prevention strategies that engage young people in preventing unhealthy behavior among their peers. Students in Summit County T.I. build leadership skills, build a strong support system of drug-free teens, and develop the skills necessary to help prevent drug abuse and other unhealthy decisions. Meeting times and locations vary, for more information please follow Summit County T.I. on Facebook and on Twitter or contact the coordinator, Zach Miley, at 330-315-3705.

Gambling Awareness  Services can be provided in various setting through educational and interactive presentations in classroom-like setting and are typically 45-60 minutes long.

Project Alert  A school-based, substance abuse prevention program for middle schools, which is proven to reduce the onset/use of drugs. This evidence-based program focus on alcohol, marijuana cigarettes and inhalants – the substances most prevalent among teens. The 10 session curriculum includes posters, role playing, DVDs and homework to incorporate the student and family.

Kelso’s Choice  This program offers conflict-management curriculum for elementary students, grades K – 5. It is based on the premise that every child is capable of becoming a peacemaker. Designed around Kelso the Frog, this program offers nine options students can choose from to resolve minor conflicts on their own. Each lesson is conducted in a 30-minute classroom period and can be adapted for programming anywhere from 3 – 8 lessons depending on your needs.

Botvin Life Skills Training  Part of the Start Talking initiative, the Botvin Life Skills Training is a groundbreaking substance abuse prevention program based on more than 20 years of rigorous scientific research and is one of the most effective evidence-based programs used in schools today. This program is intended for a classroom setting for middle and high school students.

School & Community Presentations  Presentations are offered in the classroom or to local organizations and community groups. Information is provided through youth-led programming, educational presentations, group discussions, trainings, health fairs and workshops. Activities include: educational presentations (on many topics including gambling, ATOD, resiliency, leadership), large group teambuilding, small groups and much more. Most presentations are 45-60 minutes. This is great for health classrooms and other local community programs.