PROSPER

(PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience)

The Jim Thorpe PROSPER Team, in collaboration with community schools, offers both in-school and family-focused programs. Unlike other agencies and organizations, the PROSPER Team supports the delivery of programs designed to promote skills that are relevant and meant to be beneficial to all youth and families, not just those “at risk.” By implementing both school and family programs, youth are supported in the two most important domains of their lives, home and school.

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PROSPER programs in Jim Thorpe:

Project Alert is taught to 7th graders throughout the school year. The primary goal of Project ALERT is to prevent youth from engaging in behaviors that will put their health and well-being at risk. The program is designed to improve personal management skills, interpersonal skills, and social resistance skills. These skills increase the protective factors that result in youth delaying the initiation of illegal substances, decreasing their use of these substances, and decreasing aggressive behaviors.

The Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) curriculum is delivered to 4th graders. The PATHS program is grounded in the science of children's brain development, which has determined that children experience and react to strong emotions before developing the cognitive abilities to verbalize them. The PATHS program's practical, effective strategies teach children how to label their feelings and apply self-control strategies, leading to significant improvements in coping skills, classroom behavior, and verbal fluency.

The Strengthening Families Program: for Parents and Youth 10-14 is offered every semester to 5th and 6th grade students and their parents. This program features a concurrent parent-only and youth-only hour long segment, followed by an hour long joint family segment. Interactive sessions include role playing, discussions, learning games, and family projects. The SFP: 10-14 is taught to a group of 8 to 13 families over a period of seven weeks. Each semester, the Jim Thorpe PROSPER Team offers the SFP: 10-14 on Tuesday evenings for Penn Kidder School and Wednesday evenings for LB Morris Elementary School.

These programs have been carefully selected based on compelling scientific evidence that they are effective for helping youth lead successful lives. To ensure that these programs are implemented as designed year after year, the PROSPER Team receives guidance from Penn State Extension and prevention researchers at PSU’s Prevention Research Center.

To Participate in Jim Thorpe PROSPER programs,

contact Mindy Graver — mjg26@psu.edu