Educational and Prevention Programs

No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure."-Emma Goldman

The Youth Services Director and Youth Advocate are active in the Hastings School system coordinating and leading programs that teach life skills and prevention of the use of drugs and alcohol. The Youth Advocate Program is also partially funded and licensed by New York State OASAS (Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services).


For Hillside Elementary School Students

is a program that is held at Hillside school primarily at the start of the school year to help students new to the district with making friends and getting comfortable in the new environment. It can also be held at various other times of the year when the school identifies a need for a group of children to further develop their social skills. This program services approximately 30 students per school year. Lunch Bunch is led by the Youth Advocate.


For 4th graders at Hillside Elementary School

is an evidence-based prevention program that is offered to the 4th grade students at Hillside School. . The program promotes health and personal development by focusing on the prevention of tobacco use, good decision-making and healthy relationships to approximately 110 students per school year. LifeSkills is conducted by the Youth Advocate.


For 7th and 8th graders at Farragut Middle School

is an evidence-based prevention program that began during the 2013-2014 school year, offered to all 7th and 8th grade students at Farragut Middle School. The program focuses on avoiding drug, alcohol, and tobacco use as well as making healthy choices for diet and exercise.  SPORT is coordinated by the Youth Services Director.


For Youth 12-17 years of age

Teen Intervene: is an evidence-based prevention counseling program offered to youth 12-17 who have been identified as being at risk for developing a substance abuse problem. The youth are referred by school staff, local police, and parents or identified by youth advocate staff. Counseling sessions are offered as individual or group sessions depending on the level of need. Teen Intervene is conducted by the Youth Services Director.

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