The Carbondale and Riverside PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) teams will be holding a recognition and press conference on Friday, October 23, from 9 AM – 10:15 AM at the Lackawanna County Emergency Communications Center, 30 Valley View Drive, Jessup.
Dr. Mark Greenberg, founding director of the Penn State Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, will be presenting an update on the research results from the PROSPER study. Secretary Gary Tennis, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, will offer remarks regarding the importance of implementing evidence based prevention programs.
In addition, Lackawanna County President Judge Thomas Munley and the Lackawanna County Commissioners will provide comments relating to the value of investing in prevention programs.
Also, the Friend of PROSPER award will be presented to an individual who has championed evidence-based prevention programs in Lackawanna County. Two additional awards will be presented to people who have supported and promoted PROSPER programs. PROSPER sponsors and members of the Carbondale and Riverside PROSPER teams will be recognized for their support.
The PROSPER project is an innovative model for bringing research-based, scientifically proven prevention programs to communities in order to strengthen youth, families, and the community. The focus is on strengthening parent-child relations and problem-solving, building youth life skills, and teaching youth to avoid peer pressure or dangerous behaviors.
The PROSPER team is a collaboration of community partners who meet regularly to assist in program planning and implementation, help secure funding and resources, and provide support and assistance as needed. Working together, they implemented evidenced-based programs that met the needs of family and youth in Carbondale and Moosic and facilitated the activities of these programs.
For more information about PROSPER or the recognition press conference, call Penn State
Extension at 570-963-6842.