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The Denver Public School’s Substance Use Prevention Program recently had wonderful success at Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences. Leah Raffa, Community Prevention Specialist is working with the school to implement the second year of the Sources of Strength program. The first few months entailed working with returning peer leaders and training new peer leaders. The returning peer leaders wanted to host an assembly to share more about Sources of Strength. Sean Kavanaugh, the principal, was supportive of their idea. The peer leaders were thrilled, as it is a big deal to have the principal approve an assembly that pulls students away from class. The peer leaders presented to all the 6th graders on the Sources of Strength program and the various protective factors that the program seeks to promote. The youth did an amazing job and it was a huge success. Additionally, the peer leaders put up posters around the school to reach the 7th and 8th grade students.
Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences is a 6-8 middle school in Denver Public Schools and serves approximately 700 students. The community issue they are addressing is underage substance use. Sources of Strength is the program being implemented. Sources of Strength focuses on promoting protective factors and relationships with trusted adults.
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