Youth Support Services
Young people who learn positive social behaviors grow to be empowered and productive adults. The Council provides school and community-based youth support services and campaigns to assist in developing this resiliency. Prevention campaigns and curriculum reinforce positive social behaviors in the home, school, and community.
Peers Making Peace trains youth to deal with conflict by increasing specific communication methods and learning about the mediation process. Following completion of the training, participants have the skills necessary to conduct a mediation amongst their peers. Peer mediation provides a proactive alternative and is shown to reduce violence in schools and communities.
SPEAK UP empowers youth with the knowledge that they have the ability to reduce violence within their school and community by reporting any threats of weapons violence. The program explores the dangers of weapons violence and emphasizes the responsibility to promote a message of zero tolerance.
Peer Leadership Conference
Each spring, the Council on Chemical Abuse sponsors a leadership conference for Berks County student leaders in both middle and high school. The day long event provides a keynote presentation, as well as separate workshops, all of which are tailored to middle and high school audiences. Guides to past conferences are posted below to offer an understanding of the material presented to youth.
To request information regarding the upcoming 2012 Peer Leadership Conference click here.