Prevention and Intervention

Youth Education Program for the Prevention of Destructive Decisions

The goal of the Youth Education Program (YEP) is to assist youth to make positive life choices free from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD). Our evidence based programs allow students to learn and practice life skills which help them grow up to be productive individuals. They are delivered in classrooms, community, and/or small groups to elementary through high school students.  We also coordinate local Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapters and Tobacco Free Northeast (TFNE) within schools to help these youth serve as peer leaders in prevention. Our two 12 hour diversion education classes for youth under the age of 23, Choices and Decisions, address anger management for first time offenders (Choices) and underage drinking (Decisions). The two hour Marijuana Awareness Class (MAC) addresses marijuana use and education among offenders 18 years and younger.  These classes have a fee of $95.00 for Choices, $120.00 for Decisions, and $35 for MAC and are to be paid prior to beginning services.  Most referrals are from local district judges and Juvenile Probation, however parents or school personnel may also refer youth who meet these criteria.

Public Information Center on Drug Prevention (PIC)

The Youth Education Program also includes the Public Information Center on Drug Prevention (PIC). PIC provides current ATOD prevention information to Lehigh and Northampton County educators, corporate/business human resource staff, substance abuse professionals, parents, students, and other members of the community who want to increase their awareness and knowledge of these issues. The PIC publishes The Digest monthly, which includes ATOD prevention news from around the country.

One in ten teens, ages 12 to 17 use drugs, and even more use alcohol.
  Watch the episode "Teens and Drugs" that aired on Tempo InDepth where youth are learning to resist Alcohol, Tobacco, and other drugs.

What can you do to stop bullying?
Watch Tempo InDepth episode "Stand Up and Be Counted: Bullying" featuring Valley Youth House's own Youth Education Program Coordinator, Stacey Finney to find out how.


PROGRAMS - A full listing of all elementary, middle school, high school and community programs offered by the Youth Education Program for the Prevention of Destructive Decisions.

For further information on YEP or PIC contact :
Stacey Finney, MA. Ed
Youth Education Program Coordinator
Valley Youth House
531 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-954-9561, ext. 339


Family Intervention Program (FIP)

Comprehensive and coordinated intensive clinical and case management services are provided to families in which children are identified as being at risk of maltreatment due to substance issues within the family. Any family member may be identified as possessing a drug problem. Federal funding also allows for service provision to neglected children who have a parent with either a substance abuse or mental health problem.

For further information on FIP Contact:
Michael Ramsey MS LPC
531 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-954-9561 x:318


Project Child

Founded in 1991, Project Child is organized as a community coalition with the mission of eliminating child abuse and neglect in the Lehigh Valley. Lehigh Valley Child Care, Family and Counseling Services of the Lehigh Valley, Northampton County Office of Children, Youth and Families and Lehigh County's Children and Youth Department, The Child Advocacy Center of Lehigh County and St. Luke's Visiting Nurse Association are among the members of the coalition who work to bring child abuse prevention programming to parents and professionals in the Valley. Project Child focuses its efforts in the areas of public education, legislative advocacy, assisting parents through a Parent Line, and promoting positive parenting.

Project Child also oversees two Parent Support groups in Northampton County. These are free groups open to any adult in a family. Child care is provided.  

For further information on Project Child contact:
Pam Wallace,
Project Child Coordinator
531 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-954-9561, extension 340


Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program provides short-term mental health counseling services to children in selected elementary, middle, and high schools. Services are provided at school sites and the program maintains a “no turn down” policy regarding referrals, which come from school personnel. Community referrals will be made for any student who requires additional services.

For further information on SAP contact:
Adrienne Schultz, M.Ed.
531 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018