To help youth develop the skills needed to make healthy choices in their lives, SATUCI offers a variety of best practice programs and activities. Understanding the risks involved in using substances and knowing how to make healthy choices will help youth be drug-free. Research has clearly shown that youth who delay the onset of use of substances are at less risk for significant substance abuse issues in their lives.
Here are the youth development programs SATUCI offers:
Leadership Group SMAD (Students Making a Difference)
Students are self-selected and work with SATUCI staff on student/teacher relationships and substance use issues in their school. It is a student led group that studies data and develops ways to make changes that they would like to see in their school. For more information, please contact Shannon Chyma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends Against Alcohol and Drugs (FAAD)
FAAD educators are high school students from the Marshalltown High School. They are trained in drug and alcohol education, decision making, listening and communication skills. The program is taught by a SATUCI preventionist and targets middle school students.