Watertown High School, Swift Middle School and Polk Elementary School will be offering the Life Skills and Substance Abuse Prevention Program to students this year. A prevention specialist from Wellmore Behavioral Health will be available at the schools for this purpose. Life Skills is a research informed prevention program aimed at assisting students in improving their leadership skills, peer relationship skills, coping skills and offering substance abuse prevention techniques. The students will meet in small groups and complete various educational activities, helping them to learn skills in a supportive and fun environment. Groups are held during the school day one time-per-week.
In conjunction with the needs and concerns of our young people, a new strength-based youth development model has recently been introduced in our community. Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets are concrete, common sense, positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people. These assets have the power during critical adolescent years to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. The WYSB has been busy hosting presentations, forums, and trainings, to help members of the community, young and old, become asset champions on behalf of Watertown youth.
The WYSB holds monthly Developmental Asset Meetings with parents, students, teachers and community members to work on improving student concerns. This forum is also for planning a Community Dinner, the purpose of the gathering is to strengthen Parent Involvement, Family Communication, and Self Esteem. The event is free and open to the public. Attendance, through RSVP, will be on a first come first served basis.