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Characteristics of Effective After-School Prevention Programs


Characteristics of Effective After-School Prevention Programs


(Adapted from Community How To Guide On Prevention and Education, National Association of Governors’ Highway Safety Representatives, 2001.)


The following elements will help you to determine if your after-school program measures up to best prevention practices.  Does your program:


    • Respond to the needs and interests of youth?

    • Include a mix of youth (not just at-risk youth)?

    • Act as part of a comprehensive prevention program that reinforces its lessons and addresses specific factors that influence drug use?
    • Promote positive development and resilience of youth by enhancing their competence, sense of autonomy and purpose?

    • Extend the reach of prevention efforts to youth who are at high risk for, or have already tried alcohol or drugs, and teaches the skills needed for success?

    • Maintain an encouraging, cooperative, supportive, but structured environment that emphasizes participation and collaboration rather than competition?

    • Involve youth in planning and running the program, and serving as a resource to their peers and their community?


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