Face2Face Facts

We are excited to introduce Face2Face Facts, Know the Truth! Tune in every Thursday to learn about different topics discussed by our Face2Face team. If you have concerns about your child’s substance use, please call Kids Escaping Drugs at 716-827-9462 to speak with one of our Face2Face Program Counselors.  Professor Colleen Kumiega from Hilbert College shares why she enjoys the Face2Face Program. 


Face2Face is a proactive, educational program that partners with schools and communities across Western New York. The program was piloted in 2008 as a response to the growing adolescent substance abuse epidemic. Beginning with six schools in the first year, the Face2Face program now reaches every community in Western New York and provides educational programs for students, parents, educators, medical professionals, companies, and community groups. Presentations for young people focus on the dangers and consequences of substance use and addiction. Programs for adults discuss the ever-changing signs, symptoms and trends of substance use and abuse. The response to this message from all audiences has been profoundly positive. Overwhelmingly, it is reported that the Face2Face program has dramatically changed their perceptions and knowledge regarding alcohol and/or drug experimentation. The goal of the program is to reach teens and their families in the earliest stages of experimentation in order to alter their decision making so that substance abuse treatment is not necessary in their future.

Program Components

Peer2Peer Program

Young people in recovery share their personal stories of addiction to demonstrate the real life dangers and consequences of their decisions to experiment and abuse drugs and alcohol.  Presentations are age appropriate for students in grades 7-12, and can be given in a classroom or auditorium setting. Read More

ABCs of Addiction

Face2Face ABCs of Addiction collaborates with already established programs to begin the conversation about substance use and its consequences. Through age appropriate, engaging activities such as art, music and other dynamic exercises, the topics of bullying, self-esteem and resistance will be addressed and how they relate to drug and alcohol abuse. Read More

Early Intervention

Students identified as being “at risk” by educators, parents, or doctors are provided with an opportunity for a private, one time session on the Renaissance Campus with their parent(s), a counselor, and peers in recovery. Parents are provided with educational materials, and referrals to treatment services are made as necessary. Read More

In the Workplace

Establishes a convenient and stigma proof way to educate parents and concerned community members about the trends and consequences of adolescent substance use and addiction. Our proactive panels include an addiction counselor as well as a relatable parent and/or adolescent in recovery (when available) to deliver this strong message. Additionally this program provides information about treatment resources available in the WNY community. Read More

The Dark Side of Social Media

The Dark Side of Social Media Presentation provides adult audiences an in depth look at current popular social media trends and how they can escalate substance use and abuse among adolescents.  Read More

Vaping Intervention & Vaping Presentations

As a result of the vaping epidemic among teens, Face2Face has developed dynamic and informative programs for both student and adult (educators or parents) audiences. Read More

Face2Face Summit

The Face2Face Summit is held every fall. Student leaders, education professionals, and parents from across the WNY region are invited to a day-long workshop about substance abuse and addiction. Students participate in various sessions where they hear from peers about the consequences of experimentation and drug use and work together on ways to promote positive culture and choices within the school community.  Adult participants hear from experts in the field and participate in in-services designed to help them better understand and deal with the issues their students are facing. All participants have the opportunity to participate in a Billboard contest. Read More

Parent Presentations

A factual presentation about the ever-changing signs, symptoms, and trends of adolescent substance abuse is provided.  Parents who have children who struggled with addiction also share their experiences.  They discuss warning signs they either missed, or disregarded at the time their child was using.  These presentations are most effective at programs that are well attended events such as mandatory programs, orientations, or open houses.  Programs are available for parents of students at any age. Read More

The Face2Face Team

School District Presence Since 2017

  • Alleghany County
    • Cuba-Rushford, Wellsville
  • Cattaraugus County
    • Alleghany Limestone, Cattaraugus Little Valley, Ellicotville, Gowanda, Hinsdale, Olean, Randolph, Salamanca, West Valley
  • Chautauqua County
    • Brocton, Dunkirk, Falconer, Fredonia, Frewsburg, Jamestown, Pine Valley, Sherman, Silver Creek, Westfield
  • Erie County
    • Akron, Alden, Amherst, Cheektowaga Central, Maryvale, Cheektowaga-Sloan, Clarence, Cleve-Hill, Depew, East Aurora, Erie 1 BOCES, Erie 2 BOCES, Frontier, Grand Island, Iroquois, Hamburg, Holland, Iroquois, Kenmore, Lake Shore, Lancaster, North Collins, Orchard Park, Springville, Sweethome, Tonawanda, West Seneca, Williamsville
  • Monroe County
    • Penfield, Spencerport
  • Niagara County
    • Barker, Lewiston-Porter, Lockport, Newfane, Niagara Falls, Niagara Wheatfield, North Tonawanda, Orleans-Niagara BOCES, Royhart, Starpoint, Wilson
  • Private Schools
    • Canisius, Immaculate Conception (Wellsville), Mount. St. Mary, Nardin, Nichols, Notre Dame Academy, St. Mary’s High School, Sacred Heart, Stanley G. Falk, St. Mary’s Elementary (Lancaster),
  • Buffalo Public Schools
    • Buffalo Elementary School of Technology, D’Youville-Porter, Fredrick Olmstead, Hutch Tech, Lovejoy Discovery School #43
  • Charter Schools
    • Charter School for Applied Technology, Elmwood Franklin, Health Sciences Charter, South Buffalo Charter, Tapestry Charter

Interested in becoming a Face2Face Community Partner?

Get in Touch

Please call 716-827-9462 to speak with our counselors
or to schedule a Face2Face event!

What Parents Need To Know About Vaping

Our Face2Face Program Director sat down with Dave Fields from WYRK to discuss the latest vaping trends among adolescents.  Click the link below to view the segment.


Do you have concerns about your child vaping?  Call us today at 716-827-9462.  We can help!