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Say Yes First—To Rural Youth and Family Alcohol/Drug Prevention (SYF)

Say Yes First—To Rural Youth and Family Alcohol/Drug Prevention (SYF) was a 5-year, federally-funded U.S.D.H.H.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) project. The program was conducted not only during the school year, but also during the summer, 12 months a year, for consistent programming and interventions for the children. The project administrators and project staff designed the project activities and adapted them to the cultures of the students and their families, with parental input.

Study results: students had higher course grades, lower school absenteeism, more positive attitudes toward school, less trouble in school and less negative self-appraisal. Program students also reported greater participation in sports, more family communication, and fewer disagreements or arguments with their parents.

Reference: Zavela, K. J., Battistich, V., Dean, B. J., Flores, R., Barton, R., & Delaney, R. J. (1997). Say Yes First: A longitudinal, school-based alcohol and drug prevention project for rural youth and families. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 17(1), 67–96.

Level of evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good