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Community Education

Multicultural Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Program

The goal of this program is to prevent substance abuse by building positive attitudes, values, behaviors, and skills. Our target population is at-risk refugee and immigrant youth in grades 1-5 or 9-12 and their families that are experiencing problems relating to behaviors that have caused concern in the home, school, and/or community.

  • Evidence-based, curriculum-based developmentally appropriate life skills classes
  • Alternative activities for adults and youth
  • Presentations for adults or youth on substance abuse issues in the community
  • Community networking and collaboration to promote substance abuse prevention
  • Referrals for substance abuse prevention, treatment, or other social services

MYSAP Life Skills Classes

Youth in grades 1-5 and 9-12 are referred to the classes at schools or community sites by family members, teachers, counselors, after-school program directors, or other social service agencies. Trained Prevention Specialists facilitate either the 10-week Kids’ Connection (grades 1-5) or the 12-week Positive Action (grades 9-12) curriculum on the following topics:

  • Self-Esteem
  • Value Awareness
  • Communication
  • Anger Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Healthy Decision Making
  • Family and Friends
  • Refusal Skills
  • Problem Solving

MYSAP Alternate Activities

Alternative activities are opportunities to encourage and foster positive peer, family, and community bonding experiences through educational, cultural, recreational, work-oriented, and volunteer service-oriented activities. MYSAP can provide activities and disseminate substance abuse information at community health fairs, cultural events, and work-place events.

MYSAP Presentations

Presentations are research-based and age-appropriate for either adults or youth. They consist of hand-on activities with comprehensive audience interaction. Presentations may include the following topics:

    • Current Drug Trends (adults only)
    • Those Who Host Lose the Most (adults only)
    • Tobacco and YOUth (adults or youth)
    • Be A Hero, Be Drug-Free (youth)
For more information or to schedule services contact Kim-Cuong Than, ourĀ MYSAP Program Director.