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We've got prevention down to a science.

Most prevention programs for youth promise to reduce problem behaviors. And they can look good. On paper. But do they work?

Prevention scientists are discovering that results often fall far short of expectations. For some programs, itís because they were not tested. For others, itís ineffective implementation. For still others, itís the lack of continued financial and community support for long-term sustainability, even when the program has positive results.

Learning from this research, we have developed a model for implementing quality, evidence-based prevention programs. Our model has been tested with over 10,000 youth and their families since 2001.

Itís called the PROSPER Partnership Model.

The PROSPER Partnership model is an evidence-based delivery system that features a menu of tested and proven programs for sixth and seventh graders. Programs on the menu have a successful track record for preventing risky behaviors in youth, promoting positive youth development, and strengthening families.

Our Partnership model goes a step beyond just implementing evidence-based programs. It includes ongoing evaluation and technical assistance to ensure that programs are implemented as intended, teams continue to perform effectively, and partnership goals are being met.

Success is too important to leave to chance.

PROSPER State Partnerships:




Pennsylvania PROSPER


West Virginia PROSPER