Direct Prevention Providers
Direct programs /services are prevention education and early intervention activities provided to designated children, youth and families. These services involve structured programming and/or a curriculum, have multiple sessions, include pre- and post-testing, and address identified risk and protective factors. Direct programs/services may also involve a variety of activities, including informational sessions and training and/or technical assistance activities with groups.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri provides an after-school mentoring program at Loyola. Loyola is a Catholic middle school for boys who have the potential for college preparatory high school work, but who are at risk due to social or economic factors. The current program schedules a weekly 1.5 hour session with mentors and students of each grade level (6-8) throughout the school year. The sessions include homework, sports or alternative activities and field trips. Loyola administration requested a program emphasis on issues such as bullying and hygiene, which have been incorporated into program planning. Citigroup sponsors an online Financial Literacy program which is implemented during the weekly sessions with mentors.
Burrell implements Creating Lasting Family Connections at several locations in the Greene County area. This curriculum is supplemented with appropriate materials from NIDA, SAMHSA and the Free Spirit Press. Groups consist of a twelve topic cycle involving; for example, self discovery, social skills, assessing choices, acknowledging the influence that substance use and abuse has, making appropriate decisions, and becoming an effective leader and role model for others. This curriculum is currently offered in the following communities: Strafford District, Greene County Juvenile Office, Regional Girl's Shelter, Willard District, Milano House, Republic District and the Challenge Treatment Center. Evaluation is conducted by surveying the youth.
Burrell works largely with the Branson School District to serve students who school staff/counselors have determined to be at high risk. These students are referred to the group or individual sessions which address the CSAP strategies for Information Dissemination and Education. Life skills, divorce, anger management/conflict resolution, social skills/socialization, self-esteem, loss/grief, trauma, motivation, study skills and family relationships are the categories addresses as appropriate. Curriculum development is ongoing and new program evaluation tools are currently being developed.
The How to Cope program, developed by First Call, was designed to offer education, support, awareness, and help to individuals who are affected by another person's abuse of alcohol or drugs. The participants in the course are typically 18 years old or older. The goals of the program are to develop an awareness of alcoholism and drug addiction as a family disease and for families to regain balance in their lives. The participants are ultimately shown how to live a healthier and more self-empowered lifestyle.
Lincoln University Youth Development (LUYD) Kids' Beat program targets youth aged 5-18 in a 7 county area known as the Missouri Bootheel. The program consists of 30 Kids' Beat Club groups that focus on substance abuse prevention through leadership skill development, conflict resolution, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, application of knowledge and resources, and cultural experience. In addition to the Kids' Beat Club groups, an annual Youth Field Day further enhances the leadership skills of the kids' Beat Club participants through interaction with parents, grandparents, and community members. The LUYD Kids' Beat program is currently seeking National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices (NREPP) status.
The L.E.A.D. Institute (Leadership Education and Advocacy for the Deaf) provides comprehensive, unified, and continuous support through education and research for enhancing socio-emotional development, effective communication, and leadership skills to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. The agency has implemented a teen institute training for substance abuse prevention to deaf and hard of hearing youth age 12-17 since their establshment. A toll-free, 24 hour crisis line for deaf and hard of hearing is available for wide variety of areas such as depression, suicide, domestic violence and substance abuse. The crisis line may be utilized by shelters, mental health agencies, hospitals, and law enforcement serving the deaf and hard of hearing population. L.E.A.D. provides training and technical assistance to mental health and other agencies regarding service to Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) focuses exclusively on increasing the life prospects of children and youth from disadvantaged circumstances. BGC serves youth from thirteen distinct sites. BGC provides disadvantaged youth between the ages of 5 (5) to eighteen (18) with the opportunity to participate in life-enhancing experiences in 5 (5) broad domains which include: character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness, and recreation. BGC provides the research-based Skills Mastery and Resistance Training or (SMART) Moves Model curriculum at all of their sites. SMART Moves is designed to provide youth with knowledge, skills, positive self-image, and peer support to help them to avoid using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, to avoid involvement in drug-related activities, and to postpone sexual activity. MethSMART is also being implemented at all of their sites. MethSMART is a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach that is an extension of the SMART Moves program. It is designed to help youth understand how to achieve life goals without succumbing to the threat of drugs, particularly methamphetamine.
DARE officers are trained.
Partners in Prevention (PIP) is Missouri's higher education substance abuse consortium, representing 20 public and private universities. Through evaluation, funding, training, technical assistance, and coalition building, they help the members create positive change on their college campuses. PIP's mission is to create a campus, city, and state environment that supports responsible decision making in regards to alcohol by the college students who attend their institutions. PIP's focus is on decreasing at-risk drinking by students on Missouri's college and university campuses. To do this, PIP is at the forefront of developing and implementing prevention strategies to assist its member campuses, such as: The Missouri College Health Behavior Survey (MCHBS); the Meeting of the Minds, an annual regional conference focused on prevention topics for students and prevention, judicial and law enforcement professionals; and the SPF SIG project. Community Trials, an evidence-based program, is being implemented, as well as the BASICS and SMART program.
All-Stars sessions include group activities, discussions, games, art projects, snacks, homework, and an end of the program graduation celebration. The curriculum concentrates on building five qualities that will decrease young people's chances of being involved in drug use, violence and premature sexual activity. Mentoring Makes a Difference program matches a volunteer with a youth in a supervised, after school setting. this program is similar to Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Every volunteer commits to at least one year of mentoring with a goal of one or more hours per week.
Higher Connections is modeled after Creating Lasting Connections/Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLC/CLFC), an evidence-based program targeting adolescents (9-17) and their families considered to be at risk for substance use and abuse (specifically tobacco and alcohol) arrange din six modules taught over an 18-20 week period. Swope's Higher Connections program was originally a faith-based prevention program serving urban families (parents/caretakers and children) in the church setting employing CLC/CLFC goals and objectives. With changes in personnel, it is now implemented, for the most part, in groups of children and youth in community settings as a 6-8 week program.