The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach system is at the core of the PROSPER Partnership in Iowa. We had a chance to talk with ISU Extension family specialist Lori Hayungs, and she tells us where the program will be put in place first.
Hayungs says PROSPER is a model designed to help communities deliver high-quality prevention programs to youth and families.
Extension leaders say PROSPER has been proven effective for preventing risky behaviors in youth, promoting positive youth development, strengthening families, and improving the quality of life in the community while saving money.
Extension leaders work with researchers from Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute (PPSI) to implement the evidence-based PROSPER Model and make sure it is making a difference. County Extension staff serve as leaders of PROSPER Community Teams and state Extension Specialists link the Teams with the expertise of Extension Administrators and ISU scientists.
She tells us about “All Stars,” one of the curricula they’re going to use in schools.
Hayungs says the other curriculum they will be using is called “Strengthening Families 10-14.” She says George-Little Rock has already held such a session. Another one will be held there this coming spring, but they’re going to open this one up to all students and families in Lyon County. There will also be one in Sioux County, open to all students and families in the county.
If you’d like more information on the program or how to get involved, you can go to helpingkidsprosper.org or contact your local extension office. You can also contact Hayungs at the Sioux County Extension office.
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