Youth Development & Substance Use Prevention

These programs aim to prevent substance abuse and its related consequences by empowering the community, families, and individuals to adopt healthy behaviors.

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FNL Script (transparent)

Friday Night Live

The Friday Night Live (FNL) program is designed for high school-aged young people. It is motivated by youth-adult partnerships that create essential and powerful opportunities that enhance and improve local communities. Community service, social action activities, participation in advocacy for safe and healthy environments, and promotion of health policies are organized by youth to appeal to youth.

Friday Night Live Programs:

     Encourage young people to develop programs that are fun and meaningful.

      Promote messages through shared experiences.

      Encourage peer-oriented programming (youth-driven & youth-led).

      Are goal-directed, action-oriented, and innovative.

      Encourage and empower young people as active leaders and community resources.

      Have broad appeal to diverse ethnic, racial and social groups.

      Encourage youth to care about each other and their environment.

      Offer conferences and training opportunities for young people to develop leadership and life skills.

Club Live (transparent)

Club Live Chapters

Club Live (CL) is an extension of the successful Friday Night Live program and is aimed at middle school-age students. CL fosters resiliency and protective factors through the development of action-oriented chapters.

Club Live Programs:

    Provide support and opportunities for young people.

    Develop strong, confident, and successful young people.

    Focus on building positive relationships.

    Encourage peer-oriented programming (youth-driven and youth-led).

    Are goal-directed, action-oriented, and innovative.

    Encourage and empower young people as active leaders and community resources.

    Have broad appeal to diverse ethnic, racial and social groups.

    Encourage youth to care about each other and their environment.

FNL Kids

Friday Night Live Kids 

The FNL Kids program is designed for elementary school-aged youth in 4th through 6th grade. FNL Kids incorporates the teaching of such critical life skills like leadership skills, character development, critical thinking, decision-making, and refusal skills while providing participants with the value of membership and belonging. The most distinguishing aspect of the FNL Kids program is its parent component. For fourth through sixth graders, parents are an essential element to learning. FNL Kids provides a structure in which collaboration between parents and young people is fostered and connections are made.


More information on Friday Night Live can be found on the California Friday Night Live Partnership web page.

Botvin LifeSkills Training

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program that focuses on targeting the social and psychological factors that initiate risky behaviors rather than simply educating participants on the dangers of drug and alcohol use. By building self-confidence and strengthening the skills needed to successfully handle challenging situations, LST has been proven time and again to significantly reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug use, and violence.

This highly interactive program strengthens student’s resistance skills in the following areas:

     Teachers students the necessary skills to resist peer pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs.

     Helps to develop a healthy self-concept and confidence.

     Gives students the skills needed to effectively cope with anxiety.

     Increases knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse.

     Enhances cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent a variety of health risk behaviors.

 More information on the Botvin LifeSkills Training can be found on their web page.

After School Program

The After School Program uses Active Learning to promote positive youth development. In addition to helping participants resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, it also effectively supports the reduction of violence and other high-risk behaviors. Active Learning requires the participants to use aspects of the left and right brain to acquire the education effectively.  The first part of the lesson is logical and feeds the left brain with an introduction of facts, thereby giving the students some basic knowledge to work with. The second part of the lesson is very right brain where students reinforce the knowledge and allows for an understanding of its importance by involving students in an activity. Both steps involve the learner as an active participant in the educational process.


Activities are designed to be innovative, creative, and fun – ensuring that students enjoy as well as learn from the class. This is done by reinforcing cognitive health content and concepts through healthy living activities with physical activity. These include hands-on workshops including but not limited to experiencing education through interacting with peers through games, sports, and reinforces the education through actions. These hands-on steps are essential for elementary students to analyze information and reinforce education.

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