Community members gather in front of the Pulaski County Courthouse for a service of rememberance held during Red Ribbon Week. (File photo)

Kathy Kenley, CPP
Prevention Services Supervisor
New River Valley Community Services
700 University City Boulevard
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone: 540.961.8349
Email: kkenley@nrvcs.org

What is Prevention?
Prevention programs utilize strategies designed to reduce problems related to alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use, mental disorders, physical illness, or violence and abuse.  They aim to inform the general public of problems associated with these issues, thereby raising awareness, or they intervene with at-risk or identified individuals to reduce identified concerns.

Prevention programs strive to reduce individual, family, and environmental risk factors, increase resiliency and enhance protective factors, and achieve individual and comprehensive community wellness through a team or collaborative approach. These programs are proactive, evidence-based, and outcomes are measurable.

NRVCS Prevention programs cover all five communities in the New River Valley: Floyd County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, and Radford City. Children and families are served through Prevention Services in public schools and in the community.

Prevention Programs 2016
Project Alert
is a substance abuse prevention program that’s proven to reduce the experimental and continued use of drugs. Through a series of comprehensive lessons, Project ALERT motivates students against drug use, cultivates new non-use attitudes and beliefs, and equips students with skills and strategies they’ll use to resist drugs.

Project Toward No Drug Abuse (TND) is an effective, interactive classroom-based substance abuse prevention program implemented with middle and high school students.  This program focuses on three factors that predict tobacco, alcohol and other drug use, violence-related behaviors and other problems among youth, including:  motivation factors (i.e. students’ attitudes, beliefs, expectations and desires regarding drug use; skills (social, self-control and coping skills) and decision making (i.e. how to make decisions that lead to health-promoting behaviors).

Too Good for Drugs and Violence (TGFD&V) is designed to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors through the use of interactive classroom lessons.  These lessons provide practical guidance for understanding dating and relationships, violence and conflict resolution, underage drinking, substance abuse, and building healthy friendships.  The program also builds skills for responsible decision-making, effective communication, media literacy and conflict resolution.

Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) is a substance abuse prevention program, implemented in middle school classroom settings.  This program teaches students about the effects of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drug abuse on their developing body and brain.  Students explore how goals, peers, media, and family influence their decisions and apply problem-solving skills to identify healthy alternatives to drugs.

IN THE NEWS: Giles County School teaches students about drug prevention

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is a long-term, system-wide program for change involving program components at four levels:  school-level components, individual level components, classroom level components, community level components.

sfp-leslie-webThe Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for families with children ages 6-14. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social skills and school performance. Child maltreatment also decreases as parents strengthen bonds with their children and learn more effective parenting skills.

The After-School Program (ASP) implemented at Narrows Elementary/Middle School offers students from kindergarten through grade 5 extra help with school and homework assignments.  The program runs from September through April (three days per week).  ASP includes a healthy snack, organized recreational time, healthy living lessons and homework time.  The prevention specialists work with students in groups and individually on daily homework, good citizenship, and positive deeds and actions.

Community Prevention Coalitions
Throughout the New River Valley, key community stakeholders collaborate to discuss and address the prevention of youth problem behaviors.  Each of the five jurisdictions in the NRV has active community prevention coalitions which meet monthly.  They are: Floyd Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDTeam), Giles Youth Adult Partnership (GYAP), Montgomery County Prevention Partners (MCPP), Pulaski Community Partners Coalition (PCPC) and Radford Youth Adult Partnership (RYAP).  Each coalition has representation from many sectors of the community including (but not limited to), schools, law enforcement, social services, businesses, medical services, faith and civic groups, parents and youth.  The coalitions are open to the public.  Meeting times, locations and contact information for each are as follows:

Floyd Healthy Community logoFloyd Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDTeam) & Healthy Community Team
Contact:  Chris Taylor, ctaylor@nrvcs.org
Meeting Day/Time:  Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am
Meeting Location:  Zion Lutheran Church, 635 Needmore Lane, NE, Floyd, 24091
Facebook: www.facebook.com/floydhealthycommunity


GYAP-logoGiles Youth Adult Partnership (GYAP)
Contact:  Rene’ Cox, 540-961-8353, rcox@nrvcs.org
Meeting Day/Time:  Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Meeting Location: (2:00-3:00 pm) Pearisburg Public Library, Fort Branch Rd., Pearisburg, 24134
Pearisburg Municipal Building, 112 Tazewell St., Pearisburg, 24134 (4:00-5:00 pm)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Giles-Youth-Adult-Partnership-GYAP/177975842306718?ref=ts&fref=ts

MCPPlogoMontgomery County Prevention Partners (MCPP)
Contact:  Bethany Webb, 540-961-8300, ext. 1244, bwebb@nrvcs.org
Meeting Day/Time:  Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am
Meeting Location:  Christiansburg Presbyterian Church, 107 W. Main Street, Christiansburg, 24073
Website: http://montgomerycopreventionpartners.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Montgomery-County-Prevention-Partners-MCPP/200406123352739?ref=ts&fref=ts

Pulaski Community Partners Coalition (PCPC)
Contact:  Kathy Kenley, 540-961-8349, kkenley@nrvcs.org
Meeting Day/Time:  Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Location:  First Presbyterian Church Manse, 76 Fourth St., Pulaski 24301
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pcpc1


Radford Youth Adult Partnership (RYAP)
Contact:  Tyler Vance, 540-961-8300, tvance@nrvcs.org
Meeting Day/Time:  Meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 4:00 pm
Meeting Location: Radford City Dept. of Social Services, 928 West Main St., Radford, 24141
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Radford-Youth-Adult-Partnership-RYAP/204740049565487

In addition to meeting monthly, coalition members and other local stakeholders meet annually to engage in a formal community prevention planning process.  These meetings result in formal Community Prevention Plans which include needs assessment data, identification of services and gaps in services, strategies and agencies responsible to support measurable objectives, and expected outcomes.  The plans, in turn, guide the coalitions’ efforts to address youth problem behaviors and to continue to provide prevention programming within each locality.  NRVCS Prevention Services takes the lead in developing and updating each community’s prevention plan.  Community prevention plans and data reviewed during the annual meetings are available upon request.  Please contact the appropriate coalition facilitator noted above.