Project Alert

Project Alert is a classroom-based substance abuse prevention program for 7th graders at Denny Middle School, that is proven to reduce the experimental and continued use of drugs and alcohol. The curriculum motivates students against drug use, cultivates new non-use attitudes and beliefs, and equips teens with the skills and strategies they’ll need to resist substances most prevalent among their peers.

* 7th graders are taught in their ELA classrooms during the FLASH unit at Denny Middle School.

Guiding Good Choices

Guiding Good Choices (GGC) is a multi-session program for parents/caregivers of children ages 7-16 s old. Sessions teach how to best guide children through early adolescence and clarify family expectations for behavior and substance prevention. 

  • Full program typically includes five 2 hr sessions 

  • Offered in Spanish, Somali, English and Vietnamese

  • FREE Dinner and Childcare provided during sessions 

 *SWSYA partners with High Point Neighborhood House to implement this program in the Southwest community

Life Skills

The Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School program is a groundbreaking substance abuse and violence prevention program based on more than 35 years of rigorous scientific research. Proven to be the most effective evidence-based program used in schools today, LifeSkills Training is comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally designed to promote positive youth development. In addition to helping kids resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, the LifeSkills Training Middle School program also effectively supports the reduction of  violence and other high-risk behaviors.

Program Content;

  • Personal Self-Management Skills – Students develop skills that help them enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving abilities, reduce stress and anxiety, and manage anger.
  • General Social Skills – Students gain skills to meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating clearly, building relationships, and avoiding violence.
  • Drug Resistance Skills – Students build effective defenses against pressures to use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

*SWSYA partners with Puget Sound ESD to implement this as an elective class, twice a week at Denny Middle School

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