Prevention Works!

Prevention Resources for Schools

Life Skills Training
Grades 6-8

Botvin's Life Skills Program is currently 

being offered in these schools:

  • Canastota Middle School

  • Cazenovia Central School

  • Hamilton Central School

Botvin's Life Skills Program is a science and research-based program that has been shown to cut tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use by up to 75%, and increase healthy decision making skills, with lasting effects for the youth involved.

Program topics range from self-image and self-improvement, decision making, and advertising, to communication skills, and lessons on tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Program topics are aimed at strengthening the “life skills” that play into healthy decision-making.


Through a partnership with schools, BRiDGES is able to provide a prevention education specialist to teach the program in a set classroom within the school. Program length typically runs for 15 sessions.

For more information or if you are interested in Botvin's Life Skills Program please call the BRiDGES office at (315) 697-3947.

"Evidence-based prevention programs for schools, families and communities..."

Every year that substance use is delayed during the period of adolescent brain development, the risk of addiction and substance abuse decreases.

Alcohol Literacy Challenge
Grades 9-12

The ALC revolutionizes classroom-based prevention by changing students’ beliefs about the effects of alcohol and reducing the quantity and frequency of alcohol use – in only 1 classroom session lasting just 50-90 minutes depending on grade level. The ALC is available in 5 age appropriate lessons for students in 5th-6th grade, 7th-8th grade, high school & college, as well as for parents who want to teach this groundbreaking prevention strategy to their children.

The Alcohol Literacy Challenge™ is a brief classroom-based prevention program that specifically and systematically challenges student’s beliefs about the effects of drinking alcohol. It is designed to alter alcohol expectancies and reduce the quantity and frequency of alcohol use among high school and college students. 

In-School Presentations
Grades 6-12

BRiDGES staff is available to bring a variety of in-school presentations to your school or classroom.  We offer presentations and trainings on a number of subjects as well as information on current trends on all drug topics.  Presentations can be tailored to reach an audience of students, faculty, or parents. 

We can also facilitate booking a guest speaker for special events!  We have a large network of community and national partners, who are experts in substance abuse prevention and motivational speaking, as well as mental health and stress management topics.  We are happy to help you find the perfect speaker for your assembly or special event.

For more information on scheduling a program in your school or group,

call BRiDGES at 315-697-3947!