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

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

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 workplace events.

Presentations are research-based and age-appropriate for either adults or youth. They consist of hands-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, our MYSAP Program Director at [email protected] or call 214.821.5393 x236.