Aurora Youth Options PACT Program
Prevention Awareness through Core Training Program
Aurora Youth Options (AYO) offers the PACT Program to provide middle and high school aged youth substance abuse prevention/intervention programming that targets the causes of adolescent substance use utilizing the Botvin Lifeskills Training Program. PACT will provide health, safety and legal information about adolescent substance use.
The Botvin LifeSkills Training Program (http://lifeskillstraining.com) is an integrated approach that helps ;develop personal, interpersonal, and drug resistance skills.; Youth develop age appropriate strategies for making healthy decisions, and managing stress. The program is based on more than 30 years of peer reviewed scientific research. Botvin LifeSkills Training now holds the distinction of being the top research-based substance abuse prevention program in the country, recognized as a blueprint prevention program among other distinctions. The curriculum is designed to strengthen student abilities in the following areas:
- Drug Resistance Skills
Youth will understand the consequences of substance use, risk-taking, and the influences of media and marketing.
- Social Skills
Youth will gain skills to meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating clearly and building healthy relationships.
- Personal Self-Management Skills
Youth will develop and practice skills that help them enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving abilities, reduce stress and manage emotions.
PACT Q & A’s
Who can participate in PACT?
PACT will be offered in participating schools to 6th and 9th graders. Any 6-12th grade youth living in Aurora can register for a community offering.
How can a youth get involved?
Simply nominate a youth to AYO and note the “PACT Program” under “reason for nomination” on the nomination form. If the PACT Program is not offered in the school the youth attends, we will contact you for the next available community offering.
What additional supports will a youth enrolled in PACT receive?
When a youth participates in the PACT Program they are enrolled in AYO and have access to all AYO services. AYO will offer referrals to supportive resources as needed. Should students be identified as in need of a substance abuse assessment, they will be referred to appropriate clinical school staff or Aurora Mental Health Center staff.
How can parents be involved?
Parents can participate in a youth and parent engagement night offered once during each six week session of PACT. PACT facilitators will present an interactive curriculum overview and the AYO referral process for parents and families.
Who delivers PACT to students?
The PACT curriculum will be presented by an AYO PACT Program Facilitator who is trained in the Botvin Lifeskills Training Program.
How long is the PACT Program?
PACT is a six week program, offered once each week.