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.