Prevention Education

Meet Prevention Education!

As part of the Prevention Services team, Prevention Education uses evidence-based educational programs to cultivate health and wellness within individuals, families, and the communities we serve. Each program is designed to provide the participant with information needed to feel confident when making healthy and well informed decisions

We offer diverse programs for all ages, such as substance use and misuse, life skills, and interpersonal dynamics. Our educators engage the audience with developmentally appropriate lessons and activities that help build upon knowledge and decision making skills. Most of our programs can be offered virtually or in person.

Adult programs are also available, and include topics geared toward parent, teacher, and healthcare provider education. We offer Youth Mental Health First Aid for adults who work with youth as part of their daily lives.


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This program teaches the physical and social/emotional effects of consuming alcohol. Students will learn about the signs and symptoms of binge drinking, alcohol poisoning, stages of intoxication and the NJ Overdose Prevention/911 Lifeline Legislation Law. Discussions about why youth drink, availability of alcohol and peer pressure are also included. We look at ways to help youth make smart decisions about alcohol and provide helpful resources for them.

This program provides a comprehensive overview of drugs impacting our community including alcohol, tobacco (including vaping), marijuana, and opioids. We address healthy decision-making skills, peer pressure and available resources.

Don’t get vaped in is a program designed to teach the dangers of vaping, the risk of addiction while also teaching about the power of advertising from tobacco/vape companies. We discuss why teens vape, the role of the internet and social media, as well as peer pressure. We look at the physical and mental health impacts of vaping. Vaping marijuana is included in this program. We also discuss how to quit and resources that are available.

EmPOWERing GIRLS was created for teen girls in the 6th-8th grade. The goal of this program is to reduce underage drinking in teen girls by addressing risk and protective factors. Through this five-week curriculum we will empower teen girls with information and skills to make healthy life choices. 

A science based interactive curriculum that uses puppets and stories to help young children build a strong foundation of life skills that include interpersonal skills, cultural competence, peer pressure, and peaceful conflict resolution.

This is a multi session program geared toward children in 2nd or 3 grades.

The internet can be a wonderful tool, but it can present certain risks to the user. This program teaches responsible online behavior and safety strategies. Topics covered include: Safety concerns using social media and games, understanding the impact and consequences of your social media behavior, Cyber bullying, and Internet predators. Students will learn about the “digital footprint” their behavior is leaving behind.

This program is available for students in grades 4-12.

LifeSkills is an evidence-based curriculum that addresses the underlying causes of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by developing students’ drug resistance and refusal skills, general social skills, and personal self-management skills.

Topics covered include: Decision Making, Dealing with Stress, Overview of tobacco, vaping and alcohol use in youth, Self-Esteem, Managing Anger, Bullying and Conflict Resolution among others.

This is a multi-session program and can be facilitated for grades 4-8.

The Healthy Outlooks program focuses on the alternative approaches to opioid pain management to older adults and to caregivers.  The program addresses Medication misuse (specifically opioids), and appropriate use of medication. The program follows the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations regarding effective alternative approaches to opioids for the treatment of chronic/acute pain, including Acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, topical medications, neurostimulators, massage, acupuncture and other alternative therapies, biofeedback and exercise/physical therapy.

Pills to Heroin and Fentanyl Factor – our programs focus on the dangers of misuse of prescription drugs, dangers of counterfeit prescription drugs, deadly opioid compound fentanyl and heroin. Additionally what alternatives are available for managing acute pain. We work to increase in decision making & problem solving abilities, perceptions of harm of drug use, prosocial behavior, and peer perception of harm of drug use. Overdoses from opioids are on the rise and killing Americans of all races and ages. Families and communities across the country are coping with the health, emotional, and economic effects of this epidemic.

An evidence-based, comprehensive educational program on the safe use of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based program for adults who work with our youth. It is not for the youth themselves!

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help youth who are experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge or is in crisis. Similar to regular first aid, YMHFA is the initial help given to someone who may be experiencing a mental health problem before appropriate treatment and support are obtained.
To learn more about YMHFA click here.

PreVenture is an evidence-based prevention program that uses personality targeted interventions to promote mental health and skill development and delay youth substance use. PreVenture is designed to help at-risk youth ages 12-17 learn useful coping skills, set long term goals, and channel their personality towards achieving them. To learn more about Preventure click here.

Students Served in 2023


The NJ Child Assault Prevention Project (NJCAP) is a statewide child assault prevention program. NJCAP is a project of the NJ Department of Children and Families (DCF). NJCAP has trained over four million children, parents, and teachers to prevent peer abuse and bullying. If you are interested in further information on NJCAP please visit or contact your county’s coordinator at

Meet the Team!

Wendy Sidebottom

Prevention Manager


Jean Ciullo

Senior Prevention Educator


Laurie Livesey

Prevention Educator


Joy Costigan

Prevention Educator