Adolescence is a time of transition and growth in which young people explore identity and seek to fit in with their social groups. The All Stars program helps youth create social norms and standards that reject risky behaviors and equips them with the skills necessary to achieve goals in line with their personal values. Students in 6th through 9th grade classrooms participate in 12 sessions that explore goal-setting, creating healthy habits, and refusing negative peer pressure.
Volunteers of America, Utah's Prevention Services supports positive youth development by providing youth and families with pro-social opportunities for connection, teaching important life skills and recognizing youth for their for positive contributions to their community.
We provide a continuum of evidence-based prevention programs for youth and families in Salt Lake County. These programs address the developmental and social factors that put youth at-risk for substance use by helping youth and families build positive social skills to improve decision-making and family interactions. Our services are provided as outreach in the community – Local schools and youth organizations host a program and recruit participants at their sites.
Botvin Life Skills Training (LST)
One of the most proven and celebrated youth programs in the world, LST provides young people with the confidence and skills necessary to handle challenging situations. Students in 7th through 10th grade classrooms participate in 8 sessions that explore decision-making skills, communication, and refusing negative peer pressure. This program also incorporates a unique module to teach students about the risks of prescription drug misuse and provide guidance for making healthy choices and staying safe.
Created at Volunteers of America, Utah's Cornerstone Counseling Center, Living Skills has been cited by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the “20 Most Effective Programs” for youth. Children ages 6 to 11 are invited to attend small, weekly skills groups that cover topics such as: self-concept, cooperation, and expressing feelings in healthy ways. The program is provided as a pull-out group during the school day, in after-school programs, and at various community sites.
The Voices program helps adolescents build essential life skills and positive peer connections during a pivotal time of change and growth. Youth ages 10 to 17 are invited to attend small, weekly skills groups that cover topics such as: self-concept, managing difficult feelings, creating healthy friendships and refusing negative peer pressure. The program is provided as a pull-out group during the school day, in after-school programs, and at various community sites.
Guiding Good Choices
Guiding Good Choices is a family program provided in partnership with Midvale Community Building Community (CBC). Taught in Spanish, this program is designed to strengthen family management skills and improve communication between parents and their children. Parents and youth ages 11 to 14 participate in five 2-hour sessions held weekly at the Midvale CBC Community Center in the evening. Dinner and day care (for younger siblings) is provided.
Insight is a substance use prevention program provided in partnership with the Salt Lake City School District. Students and parents participate in four 2-hour classes that teach skills for effective communication, managing feelings, creating healthy habits, and resisting negative peer pressure. Enrollment is open to all Salt Lake City School District students in 4th through 12th grades and their parents. Please contact the Salt Lake City School District Student Services Department to register.
- For inquiries please contact Alexa Wrench, Program Director
- Phone: 801.364.0744 ext. 722