Youth Education Programs
School-based programs include:
- Drug & Alcohol Awareness
- School Break Recovery Programs
Strengthening Families Program Ages 10-14
The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) for ages 10 to 14 is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high-risk and normal families. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children. The program improves the social behaviors of children as well as school performance. Parents strengthen their bonds with their children and learn more effective parenting skills.
River Region provides the SFP program to large groups that include both youth and their families. This program specifically targets families as a whole and focuses upon building communication and relationships skills between parents and their teens.
Training of Teens (TOT)
The Training of Teens program targets ages 9 – 18, and their parents. This program is offered at local community churches, youth groups, and schools. The TOT program responds to a community need to combine substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention services for youth. This program has proven effective in reducing teen pregnancy through an abstinence-only approach. The program is led by Peer Educators between the ages of 15 to 18. Once a participant completes the basic training courses for the TOT program, they then become eligible to be a Peer Educator. The program seeks to prevent HIV/AIDS risk-related behavior and substance use among participants.
Becoming A Responsible Teen (BART)
BART is a group program to inform and teach new skills to reduce risky sexual behaviors and improve safer sex skills among African American teens. The program targets youth between the ages of 5 and 15. The BART program provides information on HIV and related risk reduction. The sessions are designed to help participants clarify their own values and teach technical, social, and cognitive skills. Through discussions, games, videos, presentations, demonstrations, role plays, and practice, teens learn problem solving, decision making, communication, condom negotiation, behavioral self management, and condom use skills. The participants also have discussions with local, HIV-positive youth that emphasize their vulnerability to risk. In addition, the program encourages teens to share the information they learn with their family and friends and to provide support for their peers to reduce risky behaviors.
The Peer Intern program educates youth between ages 15 and 18 about character building for the workplace and work ethic. Applicants must complete the Training of Teens Peer curriculum in its entirety before applying for this program. Hours worked can be applied toward high school community service requirements for graduation.
Positive Action Program
River Region offers the Positive Action Program in six elementary schools in Duval County. The program targets children with multiple risk factors and helps them prevent or reduce unhealthy choices.