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 Face 2 Face 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 Face 2 Face 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.
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.
Face2Face AfterSchool 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.
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.
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.
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 PSA video contest.
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.
School District Presence Since 2017
- Cuba-Rushford, Wellsville
- Alleghany Limestone, Cattaraugus Little Valley, Ellicotville, Gowanda, Hinsdale, Olean, Randolph, Salamanca, West Valley
- Brocton, Dunkirk, Falconer, Fredonia, Frewsburg, Jamestown, Pine Valley, Sherman, Silver Creek, Westfield
- 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
- Penfield, Spencerport
- Barker, Lewiston-Porter, Lockport, Newfane, Niagara Falls, Niagara Wheatfield, North Tonawanda, Orleans-Niagara BOCES, Royhart, Starpoint, Wilson
- 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 School for Applied Technology, Elmwood Franklin, Health Sciences Charter, South Buffalo Charter, Tapestry Charter
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Please call 716-827-9462 to speak with our counselors
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