P.A.S.A is a powerful and comprehensive science-based drug and gang prevention program for at-risk elementary school children and their families.
Every child enrolled in our parent schools in 4thm 5th and 6th grade and their families, participate weekly in small groups, for several months every school year for three years.
Youth receive lots of personalized attention with their assigned counselor and peer group conducted in the familiarity of their class room during schools hours. Parents, siblings and family friends complete the family portion together in the privacy of their home each week.
By working with every child in the schools, we virtually reach every child and family in these extreme at-risk neighborhoods for 3 years to create a community-wide impact.

P.A.S.A. Youth Outcomes
  • Youth report a greater commitment to staying or becoming drug and gang free and now have a realistic view towards gangs and drugs.
  • Youth respond to provocation with more self-control and less violence after P.A.S.A.
  • Youth's ability to say no and leave unsafe, high pressure situations went up from 9% to 68%.
  • Youth, when pressured, now suggest doing something else 71% of the time, as compared to 6% before P.A.S.A.
  • Youth understand the influence the influences of friendship and how it affects their lives.
  • Teachers report an reduction in verbal and physical violence in their classrooms due to P.A.S.A. This results in up to 45 minutes DAILY more teaching time and less time on conflict resolution.
  • P.A.S.A. drug and violent free messages become a school's norm and standard of behavior providing youth and teachers a common language and set of shared values.
  • Teachers report students referencing what P.A.S.A. "said" between P.A.S.A. group sessions.
  • Teachers report their students have improved ability to resist peer pressure, stand up for themselves, and talk things out instead of automatically fighting or arguing during conflicts.

Outcomes for Families in P.A.S.A.

  • Parents now know who their children associate with and what they face from peer pressure, violence and drugs.
  • Parents and youth report that they talk together more often, more comfortably and feel closer as a family.
  • 98% of children now know what their parents expect of them about using drugs as compared to 43% before P.A.S.A
  • Parents become more effective drug prevention educators for their youth.
Comments from Youth and Teachers

"I used to smoke weed with my brother. He's always asking me! Now I don't do that anymore."
Maya, 6th Grade Girl

My whole family's in a gang. My brother wanted me to join, but I said, "No!". He got really mad. But I know I did the right thing. I'm going to be the only one in my family who is not in a gang - ever!"
Felipe, 6th Grade Boy

"P.A.S.A. helped me calm down when I get into fights."
Luis, 5th Grade Boy

"You help me and my parents talk to each other. We never did before. Now my life is so much better!"
Anna, 6th Grade Girl

"This is the best program or presentation series I have ever had in my class."
Mrs. Mertz, Taylor Street Elementary

"Absolutely the best prevention program I have witnessed in all my 25 years."
Mrs. Black, Rogers Elementary

"I've seen a decrease in yelling and hitting between students."
Ms. Grady, Madison Elementary

"PASA was highly engaging, empowering and popular, even with my toughest kids!"
Ms. Knight, Madison Elementary

Partner Schools
Babcock Elementary, North Sacramento
Garden Valley Elementary, North Sacramento / Del Paso Heights
North Avenue Elementary, Del Paso Heights

Madison Elementary, North Highlands
Village Elementary & Middle School, North Highlands
White Rock Elementary, Rancho Cordova

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Bullying Prevention for Pre-Teens & Tweens
Bullying Prevention for pre-teens and 'tweens' is offered to elementary schools, middle schools, after school programs and youth and community groups.
Using a small group format, youth experience maximum engagement, a strong sense of inclusion and meaningful outcomes.
The program length can be tailored to your groups individual needs, such as a school assembly, 3 Weekly sessions, or weekly sessions for half or the whole school year.
Training includes multiple techniques for youth to solve problems peacefully without outside or adult mediators with multiple demonstrations and role playing.

  • What to do when you're mad at someone or someone else is mad at you
  • When is it cooler to NOT fight. Keeping your status without fighting
  • What to do when you see someone else fighting or arguing
  • The difference between snitching & getting advice/help
  • Talk so people listen and understand where you’re coming from
  • “I” messages vs. “You” messages – keep people listening without them getting madder
  • Five Steps to Conflict Resolution
  • Ways to communicate to deflate further violence, bullying and bystander bullying
  • Changing community norms towards peaceful resolution vs. fighting
Available for public or private schools. Call for questions, pricing, or special school, group or organization needs.

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