*Funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
Connections provides school-based community education and activities to strengthen families, develop stress management and problem-solving skills in youth, and promote healthy, drug-free lifestyles. Through the adoption of nationally recognized curriculum, such as Positive Action and Curriculum-Based Support Group programs, staff engage with youth of all ages in a fun, active manner while also delivering valuable, lasting messages. Visit our location listing to determine the availability of Substance Abuse Prevention programs.
Connections leads in-school courses using an evidenced-based program, Positive Action, which is based on the philosophy that we feel good about ourselves when we do positive actions. The curriculum focuses on developing a positive self-concept, making healthy physical and mental choices, acting responsibly, treating others with respect, being honest with yourself, and improving daily.
A series of lessons that teach essential life skills and offer emotional support to youth, this curriculum teaches participants methods for dealing with complex feelings, gaining self-assurance, pursuing goals, and making healthy choices while navigating relationships, peer pressure, and family chemical dependency. Lesson content and objectives are similar for all levels but are tailored for age and developmental status.
When a teen or adult has begun using drugs or alcohol, Connections provides substance abuse assessment, supportive counseling, and referrals to other area resources for further help. Connections does not provide substance abuse treatment.
Youth employment can help increase a teen’s confidence while teaching important life skills such as fiscal responsibility and time management. A trained youth success coach is available to assist area youth in obtaining summer and after-school employment. Job seekers will benefit from assistance with resume development, potential employer identification, and interview preparation.