Strengthening High School Students

Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students) is designed to prevent and reduce substance use among students 12 to 18 years of age. This six- to eight-session program helps students learn the normal changes that occur during adolescence, develop an understanding of the causes and effects of drug abuse, develop an awareness of how alcohol and other drug problems affect the family, and develop skills for coping with pressure and problems.

Project SUCCESS is a research-based program that uses the following intervention strategies: information dissemination, normative and prevention education, problem identification and referral, community-based processes, and environmental approaches. In addition, resistance and social competency skills, such as communication, decision making, stress and anger management, problem solving, and resisting peer pressure, are taught.