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Youth Education Program (YEP)

Begun in 1989, the Youth Education Program for the Prevention of Destructive Decisions provides school and community based prevention and education services to Lehigh Valley youth.

Services are provided at the elementary, middle and high schools during the school year, as well as community sites throughout the year. The program operates with the belief that substance abuse, violence and other self-destructive behaviors can be prevented through alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) education coupled with life skills training. This program also includes the Public Information Center on Drug Prevention, a Pennsylvania state Regional Alcohol and other Drug topics (DVDs, videos, CDs and printed materials). Other service offerings include our SADD Advisory Board, where we work with middle and high school SADD students on a monthly basis who are interested in leadership roles; TFNE where we work with grades K-12 on current tobacco education and initiatives; diversion education ARD classes, Choices and Decisions, for underage drinking and anger management for first time offenders; and Marijuana Awareness Class (MAC), an educational program for young offenders.

Services: Classroom ATOD prevention, small group prevention, Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth ages 10 to 14, Public Information Center on Drug Prevention, Choices, Decisions, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter’s Advisory Board, Tobacco Free Northeast (TFNE-P10), Community and Health Fair events.

Click here for a full listing of all elementary, middle, high school and community programs offered by the Youth Education Program for the Prevention of Destructive Decisions.

Click here to view the most recent edition of YEP’s Digest.