Student assistance program
Student Assistance Programs can be found in schools throughout the United States. The program was modeled after the adult, Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The CY SAP program is concerned with building students' developmental assets and resiliency by supporting students struggling with their own or someone else's substance use, intervening, and referring them to community agencies or private clinicians for more specialized care when necessary. In addition to this role, CY SAP's also:
By being located within the school, CY SAP Counselors help to build better connections among students, their families, school personnel, and community service agencies.
Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Prevention Education
CY collaborates with all Chittenden South schools to implement research-based substance abuse and violence prevention programs with students, parents and faculty. These are curricula that have been tried and tested to prove their effectiveness at reducing high risk behaviors. Current curricula in use include - Know Your Body, Botvin's Life Skills, Michigan Model, Staying Connected with your Teen, Guiding Good Choices, and Not on Tobacco smoking cessation.
CVU Prevention Committee
The CVU Prevention Committee was created to review current data and long-term trends of substance use and related issues. Members assist in the creation of a unified strategy supporting students in making healthy choices, including (but not limited to) policy and prevention education for students, faculty/staff, and parents. The group was tasked with creating a process for coordinating and evaluating prevention-related programming proposals for the school. Comprised of adults and students who represent the school and community, the committee reviewed local data and best practices in prevention; from that work, it identified goals and a list of suggested corresponding activities while also creating a process for evaluating future program proposals. The overarching intent of the work is a focus on all students through a lens of positive youth development. While some programs may highlight the harsh realities of what the data may tell us, the overall tone of messaging will be positive, focusing on how students are making safe and healthy choices.