Prevention and Education

Prevention specialists provide support groups, programs, and classes in an effort to strengthen individuals and families, as well as make children resistant to substance use. These programs are free and provided in schools, churches, or other locations in Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer Counties. For more information call (989) 723-8239 and ask to speak with a Prevention Specialist.

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E-cigarettes & Vape pens Class
Second Saturday of Every month: 9am–12pm

The use of e-cigarettes and vaping pens is a growing trend in the United States, especially among youth. Unfortunately, they have been branded as healthier alternatives to traditional smoking and tobacco products. The Prevention Department at Catholic Charities in Shiawassee County is offering a FREE, class designed to highlight the many risks and negative consequences involved with using these devices. Topics include: What’s really in e-cigs? The Teen Brain and Nicotine, Health Concerns, and more.

To register email Daniel Bell, at or call (989)723-8239


Families & Schools Together (F.A.S.T.)

This prevention program works collaboratively with schools and families to help a child thrive and succeed in school. Through family activities and skill-building, parents increase supportive relationships with other families, become more involved with their children and learn better family communication skills.  Students and families are also educated on the negative effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.


Kinship Caregivers

The Kinship Caregivers Program offers resources for respite, individual support, as well as workshop opportunities for grandparents or other family members who are raising a relative’s child. This program is available to residents of Genesee County.


Life Skills

This school-based program targets the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of risky behaviors, including substance use.

Topics Include: Self-Image & Self-Improvement, Peer Pressure, Making Good Decisions, Substance Use Education, Coping With Anxiety, Communication Skills.


Parent education

This program helps parents understand children’s developmental stages, children’s behaviors, children’s self-esteem, learn positive family communication skills as well as learn safe and effective discipline techniques.



Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives! This program is an effective method designed to improve the quality of life for older adults. Topics include: Depression, Healthy Aging & Life Changes, Emotional & Physical Health and Problem Solving. Individuals learn how to re-establish healthy routines, increase positive experiences, and make changes that to lead a more active and rewarding life.


Second Step(encouraging positive behavior)

A school-based program, focusing on empathy training, problem solving, impulse control, as well as recognizing and refusing bullying. 
Pre-school to Grade 6

Topics Include: Feeling Recognition, Empathy, Understanding Anger, Communication, Problem Solving.


Student Assistance Program

This school-based program focuses on improving a student's experience in school by increasing awareness and building skills.

Topics Include: Grief & Loss, Self-Esteem and Friendship Building, Social Skill Development, Bullying Awareness.


Substance Use Education

An educational peer group focusing on practical tools to educate young people on substance use and abuse. The program is for ages 14 and up and takes place at student's school and at Catholic Charities.

Topics Include: Alcohol, Tobacco Products, Prescription Drug Abuse, Drug Trends, Peer Pressure, Effects of Drug Use