Youth Development

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:

Concerns Group


The Concerns Group is designed for students who have parents, caregivers, or other family members using substances and for students who are struggling with making good decisions. Students in this group learn about substance abuse and addiction in addition to many life skills including: social competence, problem solving, coping, autonomy and a sense of purpose and future. The overall goals of the program are to build strength and to foster resilience among children of addicted parents.

These skills are taught in a six-session series titled: Addiction, Feelings, Problem Solving, Treatment and Recovery, Safe People, and Coping. Each topic area includes activities for elementary, middle school and high school youth. Students are referred by counselors or teachers or students can request to be in the group. A member of the SATUCI prevention staff meets with the students in a group format once a week in the school. The curriculum used is from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration).


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 


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.