The primary goal of our Prevention Programs is to reduce the incidence and impact of substance abuse and violence by offering a series of services that promote healthy life choices.

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Strengthening Families Program (SFP): SFP is a program that focuses on improving parenting skills, family relationships, and life skills, addresses teen behaviors while supporting their goals and dreams, and teaches parents how to communicate with their children regarding the topics of alcohol and drugs.

Schedule: SFP is offered twice per annum, each cycle is 14 weeks in duration, and culminates in a graduation ceremony and celebration. The duration of each weekly session is approximately 2.5 hours and includes a family meal. To make the program accessible for parents/caregivers, we offer on-site babysitting services for children, ages 1-10.

Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA): Environmental Prevention Youth Action Groups have been aligned to support the implementation of the coalition campaign through youth-led work at the neighborhood level using the evidence based CMCA model. All Youth Action Groups utilize the CMCA model and Prevention Framework to carry out their work. In accordance with the Prevention Framework, each group is responsible for achieving established benchmarks and producing agreed-upon deliverables, in keeping with the CMCA model. Consistent with data collected during the program, youth leaders from each Youth Action Group design and carry out neighborhood-level campaigns and projects that stem from their individual program modules; and support the overall coalition campaign and work plan. Below are descriptions of the Youth Action Group modules.

A. Media Messaging: Horizons Audio Production classes are designed to explore and conduct critical analysis of how media messaging influences youth perceptions, attitudes, and behavior towards alcohol and drugs. Through a series of trainings and Audio Production skill building activities, youth compose and produce their own music that will be part of an audio marketing kit and used to counter negative messaging, educate youth on subject issues, and promote positive and drug free lifestyles.

Schedule: The program is offered via 2 cycles per annum, School and Summer, 32 weeks and 8 weeks in duration, respectively, consisting of Introductory and Intermediate/Advanced level classes. Classes will be 2 hours in duration and meet on the following days and times at Horizons: Introductory: M-T, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Intermediate: W-Th 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Advanced: W-Th 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Youth from the Intermediate and Advanced Classes will be nominated to participate as coalition members.

B. Environmental Prevention, San Francisco (EPSF): Is an environmental prevention project piloted by Horizons during FY 2008-2009, originally named Latinos for Alcohol Prevention, (L.A.P.), in collaboration with the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI). Youth leaders receive training on environmental prevention principles and strategies, which will be used to design and execute data collection methodologies and educational campaigns. Based on the results of the data collected, the youth leaders will create a marketing tool aimed at raising community awareness regarding the impact that norms, attitudes, and access points have on youth substance use.

Schedule: EPSF consists of 2 cycles per annum, School and Summer, 32 weeks and 8 weeks in duration, respectively, and will be held on-site 2 days a week from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Youth from this program will also support local initiatives and participate in coalition building activities.

C. EP Event/Campaign Development: To promote and apply youth development and leadership principles, youth will participate in the design, development and implementation of community wide EP events, campaigns, forums, etc. Youth will be trained in environmental prevention strategies, event production, and marketing; and apply these skills to lead and host events focused on building Coalition momentum and membership, as well as supporting provider-level and Coalition campaign efforts and initiatives.

Schedule: This program consists of 2 cycles per annum, School and Summer, 32 weeks and 8 weeks in duration, respectively, and will be held on-site 2 days a week from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Additionally, 2 youth leaders will be invited to assist in leading activities and become advisors/mentors to youth entering at the start of the School Year and Summer cycles.

Substance Abuse Prevention Education: Prevention staff provides educational workshops for groups and/or classrooms. Presentation topics include substance abuse prevention, anger management, gang life, etc.

Schedule: Services are provided on an on-going basis throughout the year.

For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact:

Celina Lucero, Program Director
(415) 487-6715