Youth Prevention Universal (YPU) is offered to young people in general. There are no special requirements. Universal prevention strategies take the broadest approach and are designed to reach entire groups or populations. YPU is provided to 1st grade through 4th grade.
Youth Prevention Selective (YPS) is offered to young people who may be at higher than average risk of substance misuse. YPS services promotes a proactive process to address health and wellness for individuals, families, and communities by enhancing protective factors that increase knowledge, skills, and attitudes for making healthy choices. Selective prevention strategies target subgroups known to be at higher risk of substance use and misuse than the general population. YPS is provided to 5th grade through 8th grade.
Youth Prevention Indicated (YPI) is offered to young people who face certain challenges — such as truancy, failing grades, or experimental substance misuse — and could use extra support. Indicated prevention strategies target individuals due to initiative behaviors and related risk factors that place the individual at an elevated risk of substance use and misuse. YPI is provided to 9th grade through 12th grade.
Youthworks services address the state’s four prevention priorities: underage alcohol use, tobacco and nicotine products use, marijuana and other cannabinoids use, and prescription drug misuse.
Prevention Education is a two-way approach to teaching participants important social skills. These skills can include resisting pressure to use drugs, looking at the intent behind advertising, or developing other skills used in making healthy choices. We use the Positive Action curriculum in schools.
Positive Alternatives provide fun, challenging, and structured activities with supervision so people have constructive and healthy ways to enjoy free time and learn skills. These alcohol and drug-free activities are provided with the intent to help people stay away from situations that encourage the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Presentations are conducted as standalone, age-appropriate activities that increase knowledge or create awareness of the state’s four prevention priorities.
Community-Based Education and Mobilization Activities strengthen resources to prevent substance use and misuse in the community. Such activities include participation in community health fairs, parent-teacher nights, school board meetings, and other related community-based activities.