Partners in Prevention

Partners in Prevention uses Jewish wisdom and values to strengthen positive development for youth and lower the risk that they will engage in unhealthy and even dangerous coping mechanisms. Drawing upon an integrated approach to helping individuals live well by utilizing the spiritual principles of Judaism, authenticity, and honesty, Partners in Prevention works to accomplish the following goals:

  • Through relatable and down to earth relationships with our staff, we help youth and their families identify and gain acceptance of what they are experiencing and feeling during challenging life situations.
  • Through educational activities and the art of storytelling, we provide insight, confidence, and resources that enable youth and their families to grow in resilience and to act with integrity.
  • We raise awareness among parents about the genuine experience of their children and offer practical guidance and resources for addressing family challenges.
  • We help youth to utilize what they learn in order to work through life challenges without turning to drugs, alcohol, or other destructive addictive behaviors.

In sum, Partners in Prevention empowers our youth to make healthy choices through research-based educational programming, integrating both personal stories and Jewish spiritual principles. It has been shown to produce measurable growth in key areas associated with Positive Youth Development, including the ability to talk with trusted adults, improved peer relations and strengthened ability to avoid peer pressure, and growth in self-understanding and a sense of meaning and purpose.

Evidence Based Research

The Gilbert Foundations supports programs that use Jewish wisdom and values to strengthen positive development for Jewish Youth. The Gilbert Foundation has generously supported an evaluation of the effectiveness of our ongoing work and the curriculum of Partners in Prevention in order to assure that our program is an optimum developmental match for the youth we serve, and can be disseminated with adaptability and fidelity in other settings.  

Through the grant received, an assessment was prepared by Drs. Charles Blakeney & Dr. Ronnie Frankel Blakeney. Their report summarizes the Partners in Prevention (PIP) Gilbert Evaluation, focusing on the developmental understanding of what 132 youth ages 12-16 gained from participating in 6-9 hours of the Partners in Prevention program.  Participants were surveyed on the particular ecological and developmental factors that academic research has identified as protective: associated with well-being and resilience on the one hand; and with risk and vulnerability on the other. Ecological factors include family support, community, peers, religious engagement, and mentors; and developmental factors include self-efficacy, school performance, character strength and resistance to temptation, meaning-making, moral maturity, a sense of coherence, and a sense of belonging. The current PIP Gilbert Evaluation describes the baseline profile of PIP youth, and how they changed and grew over the time of the PIP course.

For the full Gilbert Report click here: http://www.beittshuvah.org/img/The-Partners-in-Prevention-Gilbert-Evaluation.pdf