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Prevention Services

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JFCS prevention services are designed to mitigate risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, drug use, violence, gambling, and suicide. Our prevention classes and workshops teach skill development using universal prevention education programs. Each prevention program uses evidence-based curricula with the goal of equipping children and teens with the knowledge base, toolkit, and supportive environment to make the best decisions for their current and future health and well-being.

JFCS has prevention programs on the following topics for children and teens:

  • Bullying
  • Gambling
  • Healthy living
  • Life skills
  • Peer mediation
  • Peer pressure
  • Sexual behavior
  • Substance abuse
  • Substance use
  • Suicide
  • Teen dating safety
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Violence

Availability of programs varies by county. To determine availability in your county, please contact Administrative Coordinator Melissa Blackson at 215-356-1851.

Check out Teen Info Corner, our alcohol and drug prevention social media for teens and young adults.

Our Staff

Courtney Owen, LCSW, Program Officer, Education and Outreach Services & Mental Health

Renee Mezer, Director, Education & Outreach Prevention Services

Melissa Blackson-Boyd, Administrative Coordinator & ELECT Data Coordinator

Maddy Buchman, Prevention Specialist

Orah Chasen, Prevention Specialist (Suicide)

Lael Houston, Prevention Specialist (Suicide)

Alex Ingram, Prevention Specialist

Anjanetta Jones-Burke, Prevention Specialist

Keisha Jordan, Prevention Specialist (Gambling)

Kyle Kolbe, Prevention Specialist (Gambling)

Rachel Levy, Prevention Specialist (Suicide)

Shannel Smalls, Prevention Specialist

Sheila Walker-Kurilla, Prevention Specialist

Kristi Watkins, Program Manager, Prevention & Intervention Services

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