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Prevention Services


Prevention Services

In the Issaquah and Snoqualmie Valley School Districts, Prevention Specialists are able to provide services to groups and classes through a King County Prevention Grant. The curriculum, Life Skills Training is used, as it is an evidence based best practice. Friends of Youth staff work closely with school personnel to reach students and teach skills to promote resiliency and reduce risk factors associated with alcohol and drug use.

Check & Connect

For many children, the transition into middle school is difficult, and some lack the skills they need to be successful in school. Check & Connect is a model of sustained intervention for promoting students' engagement at school and with learning. According to the "What Works Clearinghouse," Check & Connect is the only dropout prevention intervention found to have positive effects on staying in school. The program identifies children needing additional assistance, and provides them with individualized academic and social support to help them stay on track. Check & Connect services are available through Friends of Youth in the Riverview School District. The program pairs struggling middle school students with an adult advocate who helps them set goals, improve organizational skills and learn problem-solving techniques to help them achieve their best potential. Some students require academic help, while others benefit from being connected with activities that increase their engagement with school. Check & Connect Advocates coach students in the classroom and afterschool to develop key social and study skills in five focus areas:

Check & Connect is offered as a free service to students and families. For those families who may benefit from additional support, Check & Connect Advocates provide referrals to community services. Check & Connect is successful, many of our Check & Connect students have stabilized or increased their grade point averages. Most of the students appreciated having another caring adult to talk to.

Age Served: Youth ages 11 - 14

Contact: (425) 392-6367


Washington Law and Alcohol/Drug Use Course

Youth and Family Services is offering a one day Alcohol / Drug Information School (A/DIS) to teach youth about the effects of drug/alcohol use and Washington law. Click here for more information and current class dates.