The Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects provides a variety of community and school-based prevention programs throughout the 1,000 square miles of Westmoreland County and in the surrounding area of southwestern Pennsylvania. These services consist of:
- Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention education programs conducted in classroom and small group settings in elementary and secondary schools.
- Training workshops, seminars and conferences designed to acquaint, refresh and educate elementary and secondary teachers and administrators as well as other prevention professionals and human services personnel with the most current ATOD prevention information, techniques and processes.
- Preschool Curricula designed to establish a foundation of positive life-skills that will promote wellness in the young adults of tomorrow.
- Community prevention programs focused on reducing the use of ATOD in specifically targeted community elements or the at-risk population in general and to affect community norms regarding ATOD use and abuse.
- Special programs regarding the development and/or enhancement of parenting and nurturing skills, and the special needs of at-risk children.
The Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects uses a unique strategy: all our programs are developmental, on-going, consistent, comprehensive, and motivational. This approach is based on research which has shown that education which promotes and reinforces positive behavior and builds resistive skills can be a significant influence in the development of a healthy lifestyle.
Established in 1978 and funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc.