School Prevention Programs

Forest Friends

A 6-session puppet program designed to teach and reinforce character development skills associated with future abilities to resist substance use. The program is for K-2 students and addresses the need to begin prevention in the early years.

Life Skills Training (LST)

LST is a groundbreaking substance use prevention program based on more than 30 years of research and one of a few leading researched-based prevention programs in the country. LST facilitators are trained and certified in all Botvin LST curricula, including elementary, middle and high school programs that range from 6-12 sessions.

Gun Violence and Gang Prevention

Botvin LST 12-session middle school curriculum with added sessions on gun violence and gang prevention presented by police officers that represent the local municipality.

Peer Leadership/Natural Helpers Training

8-session program that educates a core group of natural leaders about the consequences of unhealthy risks and choices. The program is designed to teach students communication, decision making and stress reduction tools shown to reduce substance misuse.

Escape the Vape

3-session program that educates students on the health risks of vaping and the negative impact it could have on their life. The students will be able to identify healthy coping skills to deal with stress and will learn and practice refusal skills.

Victory Over Violence

3-session program designed to have participants explore the nature of their human emotions and the tools to express these feelings in healthy ways. The program is appropriate for middle school students.  

Stand Up and Rebel (SUAR)

High school students learn about substance misuse and create awareness campaigns and activities to take back to their respective schools. County Leaders emerge from each school group to form the countywide, youth-led movement whose mission is to reach all Atlantic County youth and empower them to make healthy lifestyle decisions while supporting alcohol, tobacco and drug free social norms.    

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program       

Comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle or junior high schools. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms and reduce related behaviors; such as vandalism, truancy and substance misuse. APR staff are certified Olweus Bullying Prevention trainers and also provide ongoing assistance to school districts.

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Atlantic County Overdose Fatality Review Team (OFRT)

The mission of the Atlantic County OFRT is to prevent future deaths from drug overdose, through a process of reviewing overdose fatalities to identify gaps in public systems and social services that might have made a difference. Our goal is to reduce overdose fatalities through targeted prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery strategies and programs.
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Programs for Families and Communities

Strengthening Families Program (SFP)

SFP is an evidence-based parent, youth and family skills building program for youth and their parents or caregivers. It is shown to prevent teen substance use as well as other unhealthy choices. APR provides families with dinner, instruction and activities that improve the communication and coping skills that result in better family management and stronger family bonds. Meals, transportation and child care is provided when necessary for families and incentives are awarded for consistent attendance and completion of the program.

Military Family Nights (MFN)

Family communication and structure are strained with each deployment. The MFN series is based on SFP and families practice communication skills, family meetings, effective discipline, therapeutic child play, reinforcing positive behaviors and jointly planning family activities.​

Achieving Personal Balance (APB)

Military men and women serving multiple tours experience life as a revolving door of war, home and then back to deployment. APB is a gender-specific program designed to develop and apply effective coping strategies to deal with stress at work and home, specifically for men and women who are serving, or have served in the military.

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Programs for Seniors and Caretakers​

W.I.S.E- Wellness Initiative for Senior Education

A 6-week program designed to celebrate healthy aging and educate older adults so they are less likely to experience problems associated with alcohol and medications and more likely to make positive lifestyle choices as they age.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

A program designed to give participants self-management tools to take care of their health conditions, carry out normal activities, and manage emotional changes. CDSMP is a 6-week, 2 hour per week program facilitated by certified, trained, peer-leaders in the curriculum. The program targets older adults, caregivers, and/or people with disabilities.