SPOTLIGHT: Rockaway, NJ Affiliate’s Children’s Programs

SPOTLIGHT: Rockaway, NJ Affiliate’s Children’s Programs

Prevention is Key, the Rockaway, NJ Affiliate, offers three prevention programs aimed at children.

Forest Friends is a developmental puppet program designed to help children learn basic life skills and character enhancement that they will use their entire life. Each session includes a story portrayed by animal puppets, a discussion and an activity to reinforce the lesson conveyed by the story. There are six 15-20 minute stories; two are presented at each session over a three week period.

The stories build off one another so that each presentation teaches a lesson while reinforcing previous lessons. All eyes are locked on the lovable puppets that take center stage. The children can identify with the realistic situations the puppets encounter and learn how to emotionally deal with similar situations in their own life. Goals of the program include:

• Reaching children while their health-related attitude and beliefs are in the formative stage.
• Increasing the interpersonal and developmental skills of children.
• Educating young children in an intriguing and inspirational manner about issues pertinent to their emotional growth.
• Providing children with lovable role models after which they can pattern themselves.

Like the trees in the forest, our children need strong roots to grow straight and strong. Forest Friends equips children with the skills to develop strong roots while discovering their inner strength and beauty.

Target Audience: Kindergarten and 1st grade
Number of Sessions: 3 (Approximately 45 minutes each)

Footprints for Life© is a research-based primary prevention program that builds assets and teaches important life skills to students in grades two and three. Through the use of puppets and stories that feature “real life” situations experienced by a children’s soccer team, the program offers many opportunities for students to practice the new skills they have learned in a fun and non-threatening way.

The goal of Footprints for Life is to help young children build a strong foundation of life skills rooted in key social competencies. The social competencies that Footprints addresses are planning and decision-making practice, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, peer pressure, and peaceful conflict resolution--assets identified as promoting positive attitudes and behaviors.

Footprints for Life is a six-week program taught during a regular classroom period for approximately 40 minutes each week. Weekly homework assignments and educational sheets not only reinforce the lessons between classes, but also involve parents in their child’s learning experience.

Target Audience: 2nd & 3rd Grade
Number of Sessions: 6

Tobacco Education Programs are available for all audiences from elementary grades to senior citizens. Dangers of second-hand smoke, tobacco and dip are all covered in an interactive and fun way which engages all learning styles and leaves audiences moved to action.

Mr. Dip Lip and the Smokers Lungs which help participants to clearly understand the extreme dangers associated with tobacco use. These programs are aligned with several of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education covering the strand indicators for wellness, integrated skills and drugs and medicine standards.

Target Audience: All Ages
Number of Sessions: 1-2

For more information:
Morris County Prevention is Key
25 West Main Street
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Phone: 973-625-1998
Fax: 973-625-8048
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