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Youth Empowerment Activities After school Program


During the months of August to May, YEA After School is conducted in the Riverhills Community Building. This after school program gives students in this area a safe place to go after school. Participants receive homework help, snacks, social skills building, positive adult and youth role models, Life Skills training, arts and crafts activities. During the 2017-2018 school year, Impact Prevention also partnered with OSU Extension and United Way of the River Cities to provide even more opportunities for youth. 


Youth Empowerment Activities Summer Camp


During the month of June, Impact Prevention facilitates a summer day camp, also located at Riverhills Community Building. This summer day camp is led by local youth staff. Students engage in team building activities, games, sports, music, arts and crafts and special outings.


Botvin Lifeskills Training ®


Botvin Lifeskills® Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and engaging program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and life skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.

Developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, a leading prevention expert, Botvin Lifeskills®Training is backed by over 30 scientific studies and is recognized as a Model or Exemplary program by an array of government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

For more information contact:

Haley Shamblin  

Eddie Neel 



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HOPE Curriculum


The Health and Opioid Abuse Prevention Education (HOPE) Curriculum is a K-12 curriculum developed for schools to meet the requirements of House Bill 367. The HOPE curriculum is a series of lessons, assessments and learning materials to develop students’ functional knowledge, attitudes and necessary skills to prevent drug abuse. The lessons are designed to be part of a larger substance abuse prevention unit within a school’s health education curriculum.

Drug use is a public health epidemic and Ohio is not immune. Use of illegal substances and misuse of prescription medications are both to blame for disability and/or early death among our youth. A dramatic increase in prescribing practices, over the past decade, has brought these dangerous medications into the homes of the majority of Ohioans. As a result, addiction to prescription pain medications and their chemical lookalike, heroin, is on the rise.

For more information contact: Mollie Stevens, Director, Impact Prevention   Eddie Neel

Impact Prevention presents the HOPE Curriculum to grades K-4 in area schools.  This curriculum is available to any school to present in their classrooms

The Health and Opioid-Abuse Prevention Education Curriculum

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Youth-Led Prevention


Our trained Impact Prevention staff facilitates Youth-Led meetings in high schools and middle schools in Lawrence Country. In these meetings, youth focus on activities to address issues facing them and their peers. Our county-wide Youth-Led Team ended the school year with a Teen Leadership Conference. To prepare for this conference, high school youth developed skits, curriculum and activities for students in grades 5th-7th. The focus for the conference was data driven from OHYES! results. Dawson Bryant, Rock Hill and Ironton School districts participated in OHYES! (Ohio Healthy Youth Environment Surveys). These consisted of questions about life choices and students in middle and high school completed the surveys.


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Coalition Work


Southern Ohio Adult Allies Regional Learning Collaborative is a strategic planning framework for Youth-Led Teams. The regional collaborative teaches adult advisers on the state’s required strategic planning framework for Youth-Led Teams. The mission of River Hills Prevention Connection (formerly called “Ironton on the Move”) is to encourage residents to build a healthier, more connected community.

River Hills Prevention Connection unites service agencies, and shares strategies to empower community residents to make healthy choices.

The River Hills Prevention Connection meets the third Monday of each month at 3:30 pm at the River Hills Community building.

For more information contact

Mollie Stevens



Young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 use substances at higher rates than the general population. According to results from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), young adults in 2012 experienced the highest rates of binge drinking (39.5%), illicit drug use (21.3%), and tobacco use (38.1%) when compared to other age groups. This is a troubling trend, and many communities are prioritizing substance misuse prevention to meet the needs of this group and bring those numbers down.

Young adults can be a difficult group to size up. They are mobile and in transition—beginning college, starting out in the workforce, and exploring new places to travel and live. Practitioners looking for local data on this population often struggle, because either the data is entirely absent, or it provides only part of the picture. For example, a variety of sources include data on youth enrolled in college, but few capture information on young adults of the same age who are not enrolled in school.

With more and more states prioritizing the substance-related needs of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, the need for relevant data has become more acute. To fill this data gap, states are exploring a variety of strategies to learn more about this population habits. Two of these strategies, implemented by Nebraska and Ohio, respectively, are worth considering. The following examples demonstrate the importance of careful preparation and planning—as well as the value of keeping an open mind to a range of partners and possibilities who can make an impact.

Lawrence County distributed surveys throughout the month of September 2018 to targets in this group to provide updated data that is so in demand by the state of OHIO.

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For more information contact:

Mollie Stevens, Director