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The Power of Communication: A Vital Tool in Youth Substance Use Prevention

Youth today face numerous challenges, and one of the most critical is substance use. Effective communication plays a pivotal role in preventing substance abuse and promoting healthier choices.

 Up North Prevention staff are often invited into classrooms to share LifeSkills education with youth using approved curricula such as Botvins. One lesson in the Botvins LIfeSkills curriculum focuses on the importance of good communication skills. This lesson teaches students the importance of strong communication skills, allowing them to express their feelings and concerns openly. Effective communication reinforces healthy behaviors, making youth feel connected and understood and more likely to make informed choices.


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