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Universal Prevention Programs

Our Youth Prevention Universal program (YPU) addresses and promotes health and wellness for individuals, families, and communities by enhancing protective factors and decreasing negative factors that place individuals at risk for substance abuse. Universal prevention for substance abuse includes drug and character education using school-based curricula for all children within a school district; media and public awareness campaigns; and alternative activities.


Botvin’s LifeSkills Training

The LST curriculum is available to grades 3-8 in Erath, Somervell, Wise, Hood, Parker, Palo Pinto, and Johnson County schools. It focuses on character education through 8-, 10-, and 15-week curricula and includes a pre- and post-test for each student. 


STAR Council prevention specialists can also provide stand-alone presentations on a variety of subjects including drugs, tobacco, alcohol, bullying, communication skills, social skills, and character education lessons to all ages 6 and up, including adults. Give us a call to discuss your options.



Look for our annual Winter Camp during Christmas break, Spring Break Camp every March, and three summer camps–Bosque Safari, All Star Camp, and Camp G.U.T.S. (Gearing Up Toward Success), a three-day exploration of what it means to be a leader. All camps are currently hosted in Stephenville and posted on Facebook as dates are determined. 



Contact Us

Dustin Gist

Director of Prevention Services

Office: (254) 965-5515 ext. 235


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