Prevention Starts in Middle School – Full Service Community Schools in Los Angeles

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Students at Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles Computer Lab Phoenix House will provide prevention, screening and brief intervention services to students and/or parents at five campuses of Full Service Community Schools in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, California:  Bert Corona Charter School, Maclay Middle School, Pacoima Charter School, San Fernando Institute for Applied Media and Vaughn Charter School.  The program will start in February 2012 and will continue through 2014.

Phoenix House prevention staff will offer activities to help youth and parents develop and understanding of the risks associated with substance use and abuse.  These services will include drug education, peer speaker’s bureau and brief intervention and referrals delivered in single presentations and a four-session series related to the issues of resisting peer pressure, constructive peer relationships, self-respect, making independent choices, negative consequences of drug use, and more. This is the second Prevention Services  project initiated by Phoenix House in Los Angeles.

The new Full-Service Community Schools program, managed by Youth Policy Institute is designed to encourage and promote coordination of educational, developmental, family, health, and other social services through partnerships between four public elementary and secondary schools and several community based organizations. The vision for the San Fernando Valley FSCS program is that every child has access to services that support educational success and sets the path towards college enrollment and graduation.

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