Evidence-Based Programs Selected from a Menu


The PROSPER menu includes family and school programs that focus on building youth competencies and preventing problem behaviors (e.g., substance abuse, conduct problems), supporting positive youth development, and improving family functioning. Programs on the PROSPER menu are universal programs, designed to promote skills beneficial to all families and youth, not just those “at risk.”

By implementing both a family and a school program, youth are supported in the two most important domains of their lives, home and school. And by offering a menu of family and school programs, teams can tailor their program offerings to meet the needs of their own communities.

All programs on the PROSPER menu are evidence-based – that is, they have been rigorously evaluated and shown to be effective. Unfortunately, research shows that most programs being used by community groups have never have been evaluated, and among those that have been evaluated, most have not been shown to be effective. By selecting and delivering only evidence-based programs, teams can maximize the benefits to youth and families in their communities.


Family-Focused Programs

Guiding Good Choices

This program is based upon research that shows how positive parental involvement helps children resist substance use and other antisocial behaviors. It provides parents with the knowledge and skills to clarify family behavioral expectations, promote bonding within the family and teach children skills to resist drug use. The program includes five lessons that help parents improve conflict resolution and communication skills and to improve parental management skills. Youth are involved with parents in one of the sessions.

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Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14

This video-based program is designed to reduce adolescent substance abuse and other problem behaviors, as well as to promote youth and family skills building. The program features parent, youth and family sessions that portray typical youth and parent situations. Interactive sessions include role playing, discussions, learning games and family projects.

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School-Based Programs

All Stars

This program is designed to delay or prevent the onset of substance abuse, violence, sexual activity and other risky behaviors, by fostering positive personal characteristics. This includes setting positive ideals and aspirations, establishing positive norms, building strong personal commitments, promoting bonding with school and community organizations and promoting positive parental attentiveness. The program has 21 sessions and includes supplemental parent-school involvement sessions.

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LifeSkills Training

This program seeks to influence the social and psychological factors that contribute to the initiation and early use of substances. Lifeskills Training focuses on three critical skill development areas that research has shown can substantially reduce the likelihood of high-risk behaviors. Areas of focus include drug resistance skills, personal self-management skills and general social skills. The program has 15 sessions with three optional sessions that target violence prevention. It also has supplemental parent–school involvement sessions.

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Lions Quest-Skills for Adolescence

This program engages parents, teachers and community members to promote positive youth outcomes such as good citizenship skills, attitudes consistent with a drug-free lifestyle, and an ethic of service to others within a caring and consistent environment. The eight unit curriculum can be adapted to a variety of settings and formats from a nine-week mini-course to a three-year program. It includes units on building self-confidence, communication skills, managing emotions in positive ways, improving relationships, and making healthy choices.

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