PreVenture is an evidence-based prevention program that uses personality targeted interventions to promote mental health and skill development and delay youth substance use. This program, using a unique, upstream approach, is designed to help youth ages 12-17 channel their personality towards achieving positive long-term goals. The Prevention Hub builds capacity for the implementation of PreVenture in communities across the state.
The Prevention Hub provides youth, parents and community members evidence-based education programs, policies, and practices that support the prevention of youth marijuana use. These resources increase our collective understanding of risk factors associated with marijuana use – such as low perception of harm (“if it’s legal, it must be safe”) and easy availability of cannabis products – as well as our understanding of the health impacts of marijuana use, including those on an adolescent’s developing brain.
Using a nationally recognized curriculum developed by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and Johnson & Johnson, the Prevention Hub provides presentations on OTC misuse dangers. Presentations are tailored for youth, parents, older adults, and the broader community. The Hub also provides facilitator training for health education teachers, law enforcement officers, faith-based youth group leaders and others to keep residents up to date on OTC medication best practices and information to prevent harmful misuse.
The Prevention Hub facilitates the use of Strengthening Families, an evidence-based program for parents and youth to assist them in learning parenting skills, youth life skills, and refusal skills. The Prevention Hub identifies appropriate community partners to host the program and refer families who may need support.