South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service
The South Dakota Sustainable Community Project utilizes evidence-based curricula or programs (EBPs) within a framework that creates a partnership among universities, schools, and communities. Promoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) is a tested, three-tiered model that brings together a community team, a prevention coordinator, and a state management team to support sustained youth and family programming with the addition of technical assistance of PROSPER Central. The communities in Charles Mix and Roberts counties have high poverty rates, problematical school drop-out rates, and challenging school environments. To address the needs of the youth and their families, a community team for each county has been created to implement EBPs and to foster sustainability. The PROSPER NET model supports the implementation of family-based and school-based EBPs. The Strengthening Families Program 10-14 (SFP 10-14) is offered for youth and their parents. SFP 10-14 has demonstrated success in strengthening family communication and building youth coping and resistance skills. Subsequently, a school-based curriculum or program will be selected to fit the needs of the student population in the school system.
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Rasmussen, Marilyn and Kirkham, Jessica, "South Dakota Sustainable Community Project: End of the Year Report 2009-2010" (2010). SDSU Extension Circulars. 508.