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Prevention Programs

DOE Youth Development SPARK Program Prevention Specialist
Ms. Ortiz
Rm. 218
718.595.8400 Ext. 2181

Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm


Prevention Activities

The Youth Development Program (SPARK) offers a monthly calendar, which highlights prevention goals on Substance Abuse and Risk behaviors. This schedule for the school year reflects a wide range of prevention issues, which contributes to create and design projects, events, student forums, publications and counseling groups.
Substance Abuse Prevention is part of the Office of Youth Development NYC Department of Education and OASAS State Substance Abuse Prevention Services. This program is designed to help students develop their full potential through preventative proactive approaches. The Prevention Counselor empowers students to meet challenges of life events and transitions by creating and reinforcing conditions that promote healthy behavior.
  • Class Presentations
  • Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Support Groups
  • Peer Helpers Leadership
  • Parent Workshops
The Prevention Counselor provides Crisis Intervention and assistance to students and parents with family problems also make referrals to Community Service Providers. Federal confidentiality is assured in all but life threatening situations.
Life and Social Skills are developed through individual, group counseling and class presentations reflecting accurate information with emphasis on drug prevention.
  • Decision-making skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Anger Management
  • Communications Skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Refusal skills to negative peer pressure
  • Bullying prevention
  • Self –Awareness to prevent sexual harassment
  • Recognition of boundaries to prevent abuse and exploitation

The activities highlight Prevention Goals on Substance and Risk Behaviors. The schedule reflects a wide range of prevention issues which contribute to create and design projects, event forums and awareness Peer Helper Groups – Red Ribbon Celebrations, Great American Smoke Out, Violence Prevention, Alcohol Prevention, HIV Prevention.