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Student Assistant Program

Project SUCCESS — Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students — is a national program that has been proven effective in preventing and reducing teen substance use. It is a school-based program that works to reduce the factors that put students at risk for substance abuse, while working to enhance the factors that will protect student from the risks. This is accomplished by placing highly trained counselors in schools to provide a full range of substance use prevention and early intervention services.

Strategies include:

  • Giving students information to increase their understanding about the harmful consequences of using alcohol, tobacco,
    and other drugs.

  • Helping students understand that most teens don't use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

  • Providing services to students who are experiencing stress (such as relationship issues, friend’s substance use, etc.) that if not resolved might lead to substance use.

  • Teaching students skills for resisting peer pressure, responding to conflicts, managing anger, and avoiding and coping with other stressful situations.

  • Referring students, and their families who need additional help, to services in the school and community.

  • Working with school and community groups on activities to promote alcohol, tobacco, and drug free lifestyles for teens.

Project SUCCESS Counselors work with students individually and in small groups, conduct classroom presentations, train and consult on prevention issues with school staff and refer and follow up with students and families needing additional services.



Project SUCCESS uses a combination of activities that have been designed to address the unique needs of adolescents. These include:

The Prevention Education Series
A multi-session Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug prevention program conducted by the Project SUCCESS Counselor with 7th and 9th graders through their health class.

Individual and Group Counseling
The Project SUCCESS Counselor conducts time limited individual, family and/or group counseling at school and is available for appointments either before school or after.

School wide Awareness and Outreach Activities
Project SUCCESS activities help students change their attitudes about alcohol tobacco and other drug use and increase school bonding through student involvement in planning and implementing programs. Some of these programs include: Students Against Destructive Decisions Club activities, special abilities and contests for special awareness days or weeks such as the Great American Smoke out, Drunk Driving Prevention Week and safe prom and graduation activities.

Parent Programs
Project SUCCESS includes parents as collaborative partners in prevention through parent workshops, consultation and referral, involvement in PTA and other school and community organizations.

Students and parents who can benefit from additional services are referred to appropriate agencies or practitioners in the community or to other services in the school.


How to Access Services

Project SUCCESS is a voluntary program. Most students self-refer to the Project SUCCESS counselor, but may also be referred by peers, parents and faculty.