Community Partnership

The Prosper Program

Initiative Description: The PROSPER program creates local community teams that have the central goal of implementing evidence-based programs intended to support positive youth development and reduce early
substance use as well as building the community’s broader capacity to provide prevention services.

Study Results: Parents’ involvement in school, as reported by the adolescent in sixth grade, was a significant predictor of school bonding and academic grades in eighth grade. The adolescent’s perception of his or her parents’ involvement may be more important in predicting academic outcomes than the parents’ perceptions of the same behaviors.

Reference: Perkins, D. F., Syvertsen, A. K., Mincemoyer, C., Chilenski, S. M., Olson, J. R., Berrena, E., … & Spoth, R. (2016) Thriving in school: the role of sixth-grade adolescent-parent- school relationships in predicting eighth-grade academic outcomes. Youth & Society, 48(6):739-762. doi: 10.1177/0044118X13512858

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good