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Our Prevention Programs

The Wood County Educational Service Center's school and community based prevention program uses evidence-based programs in the classroom. Read about many of those programs on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) Web site. NREPP is a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). If you have any questions about our programs, please feel free to contact us.

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The New Cool

The New Cool is a media campaign designed to reach students and parents in schools and in the communities throughout Wood County. The message is simple and clear: There are many activities that you can do that do not involve alcohol. What's your cool? 

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Teen Institute/Junior Teen Institute

Teen Institute groups exist to train, mobilize and empower youth to prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and other possible self-destructive behaviors in themselves and their peers. Throughout the year, we offer several events and activities for our Teen Institute members to learn and practice leadership roles.



(Beginning Alcohol Basic Education Studies)

BABES is a primary prevention program designed to help children in kindergarten through second grade develop positive life skills. The program uses several puppets to introduce factual, non-judgmental information about alcohol, drugs, decision-making and coping skills.

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Class Action

Class Action looks at social and legal consequences involving teens and alcohol. Teens prepare and present hypothetical civil cases in which someone has been harmed as the result of underage drinking. Topics include drinking and driving, fetal alcohol syndrome, drinking and violence, date rape, drinking and vandalism, and school alcohol policies. For grades 9-12. Read the SAMHSA report about this program.

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Expect Respect

Expect Respect is a comprehensive prevention program designed to raise awareness of dating violence, teach skills for healthy relationships, develop youth leadership, and increase safety and respect on school campuses. A follow-up Expect Respect Support Group is offered after the class is completed, allowing girls to meet with other girls and boys to meet with other boys to share their experiences and support each other related to violence at home or in dating relationships.

FASTRAC (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Education)

FASTRAC is an education program offered to junior high and high school students to increase their knowledge of the risks and effects of alcohol consumption on a fetus during pregnancy

Hooked on Fishing, Not On Drugs

"Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs" is a registered program of the Future Fisherman Foundation, which was started after a young man wrote a letter about how fishing had kept him from becoming involved with drugs. Research has shown that family recreational activities are a key protective factor for our youth. Youth in Wood County have been involved in the "Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs" program for many years. Youth receive in-class training as well as real life experience of going on a fishing outing with peers and family members that can attend.


Insight is a program for teens that are in some kind of trouble because of alcohol, marijuana or other drug use. Through interactive group meetings, teens look at their drug use, consider the consequences of their use, and make a decision about continued use. Participants learn how mood-altering substances affect their mental and physical health and the social consequences of their drug use. For grades 6-12. 

Juvenile Detention Center lessons

We offer juvenile detention center programming covering the following 12 topics: Self-Concept; Values vs. Consequences of Risky Behaviors; Personal Harm Connected with Alcohol Use; Decision Making and Problem Solving; Communication and Assertiveness Skills; Personal Harm Connected with Binge Drinking; Anger Management and Conflict Resolution; Stress Management; Personal Harm Connected with Marijuana Use; Personal Responsibility; Goal Setting and Future Planning; Understanding Alcoholism and Drug Dependence; Stereotypes and Prejudice; and Cultural Diversity and Tolerance. General prevention programming extends during the summer to offer prevention through art and Teen Intervene.

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The LifeSkills Training program is an interactive skills-based program designed to help adolescents navigate the challenges of high school years and prepare them for the independence and responsibilities that they will encounter as young adults. The program helps students achieve competency in the skills that have been found to reduce and prevent substance abuse and violence. Read the SAMHSA report about this program.

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Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

The Olweus Program (pronounced Ol-VAY-us) is a comprehensive approach that includes schoolwide, classroom, individual, and community components. The program is focused on long-term change that creates a safe and positive school climate. It is designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, junior high and high schools (K-12). The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among schoolchildren and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among students, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy.

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Parent Project

This multi-week evening course is a parent training program designed for parents of adolescents who act out (those often referred to with the labels of oppositional defiant, or conduct disorder). Topics include reducing family conflict and arguing, improving school performance and attendance, identifying and intervening with alcohol and other drug abuse, interceding with negative peer associations (including inappropriate dating relationships up to and including gang involvement) and helping parents to set effective applicable limits.

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Parents Who Host Lose the Most

Parents Who Host Lose the Most is a national campaign designed to educate parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties and to increase awareness of and compliance with the Ohio Underage Drinking Laws. View the Wood County Educational Service Center's Parents Who Host Lose the Most public service announcement, produced in 2009.

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PAX Good Behavior Game

The PAX Good Behavior Game teaches students self-regulation, self-control, and self-management in context of collaborating with others for peace, productivity, health and happiness. PAX is not a classroom management program, but it makes managing classrooms a breeze. PAX GBG is the combined science from PeaceBuilders, Good Behavior Game & other studies.

Problem ID and Referral

Students who are believed to struggle with alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues, and/or social-emotional issues can be referred to the district’s Prevention Specialist. That specialist sits down with the student, and through a process, identifies surface and underlying issues and works with school officials and family members to create a treatment plan, ranging from in-school one-on-one education and intervention sessions with the Prevention Specialist to in-house treatment at an addition treatment facility, and/or meetings with a psychologist to deal with further issues.

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Red Ribbon

The Red Ribbon Campaign is a national campaign. During Red Ribbon Week, students wear their red badges proudly and have the courage to say no to drugs.

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Teen Intervene

Teen Intervene is an evidence-based program for teens suspected of experiencing mild to moderate problems associated with drug or alocohol abuse. The program integrates stages of change theory, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral therapy to help teens reduce and ultimately eliminate their chemical use. The program also can include the participation of teens' parents or guardians. Read the SAMHSA report about this program.

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Why Try

The WhyTry Program builds resilience in the workplace, at school and at home. It combines a series of ten visual analogies with multimedia and physical activities to teach students social and emotional skills. The program helps youth of every learning type deal with life's daily pressures.

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Compliance Checks

We work with local law enforcement to make sure local businesses are following laws regarding underage sales.

Dialogue Night

Dialogue Night is an activity funded by the Reducing Alcohol Abuse in Secondary Schools (RAASS) grant. It is offered at schools throughout the county to teach parents and teens how to talk and listen to each other about a variety of subjects in a calm, respectful manner. It is the goal of Dialogue Night that a conversational comfort level will be reached and parents and teens will consequently be more inclined to talk together in the future.