Seaway Valley Prevention Council


Drug Free Schools/Extended School Day:

Too Good For Drugs & Violence

Under contract with several St. Lawrence County school districts (Gouverneur, Hermon-DeKalb, Edwards-Knox, Lisbon, Brasher Falls, Norwood-Norfolk, and Clifton-Fine), the Council provides universal elementary grade level prevention education services.  The most commonly used programs for these services are “Too Good for Violence” and “Too Good for Drugs”.  These research-based programs address a wide range of youth antisocial behaviors in students including bullying and verbal aggression.  “Too Good for Violence” and “Too Good for Drugs” place an emphasis on enlisting the support of bystanders, changing violent norms, teaching social skills, and building communications and partnerships between adults and youth.

Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities/Reality Check:

Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities combines the Reality Check program (Reality Check is a teen-led, adult supported program working across New York State who aims to expose the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry which actively exploits and markets a deadly and addictive product to youth) and with a Community Engagement lead.  This grant covers St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties and focuses on four initiatives, Point of Sale, Smoke-Free Media, Smoke Free Multi-Unit Housing, and Tobacco-Free Outdoors. Through community engagement and mobilization  of adult advocates in combination with the youth-led Reality Check movement, Advancing Tobacco-Free  Communities strives towards denormalizing tobacco use and  through grassroots activities, media  campaigns and political education works to produce changes in our communities towards a tobacco-free  society.

Reality Check
Advancing Tobacco Free Communities

Pivot Employee Assistance Program:

This year, the Seaway Valley Prevention Council and Pivot continued the partnership to offer employee assistance services to St. Lawrence County. The mission of Pivot Employee Assistance Program is to provide confidential accessible services to employees, family members, and businesses in order to restore and strengthen health and productivity in the workplace. Employees and their household members may use the Pivot Employee Assistance Program to help manage issues that could adversely impact their work and personal lives. Pivot Employee Assistance Program counselors typically provide assessment, support, and if needed, referral to additional resources. The Pivot Employee Assistance Program offers many training opportunities for employees. Trainings include such things as, Lunch and Learns, human resource trainings, and Pivot Employee Assistance Program orientations for new employees.

The issues for which the Pivot Employee Assistance Program provide support vary, but examples include: Concerns about aging parents, Relationship Issues, Alcohol/Substance Abuse, Major Life Events, Emotional Distress, Financial, Legal, Safe Working Environment, Health Care Concerns, Stress, Grief, Family and Personal Concerns, Depression, and Anxiety Challenges, Aging Issues, Stress and Emotional Issues, Conflict in the Workplace,  and Parenting Challenges.



Incredible Years Parenting Education Program:

The Incredible Years Parenting Program is based on the Social Learning Theory.  The research shows that behavior is learned and can be changed with knowledge and consistency. One of the main focuses of this program is that in order to change the behavior of our children, we need to change the behavior of the parent also.

The program is offered at flexible hours in a families own community.  Sessions are one to one and one half hours long and are attended weekly. Sessions are scheduled for eight to twenty week intervals depending on family need, availability, and willingness to attend.  Programs are provided in a group setting and also with individual families.

Gambling Prevention Services:

In 2014, the New York State Council on Problem Gambling (NYCP) partnered with the Seaway Valley Prevention Council on the Parenting Focused Problem Gambling Education Project and the Youth Decide: Media Literacy Project.

In an effort to prevent youth gambling involvement and reduce the risk of youth developing problem gambling, parents of school aged youth will be targeted through public education and awareness efforts. The NYCPG expanded the scope of the gambling efforts through the Youth Decide: Media Literacy Project.  The media Literacy Project targeted youth ages 12 -17 years old in an effort to get them to think critically of advertising manipulation.

The Council also participated in the statewide Youth Decide Poster Contest.  Out of the three posters that went to the statewide competition, one poster won BEST IN SHOW and another poster won CLEAREST MESSAGE.

Massena Drug Free Community Coalition:

Massena Drug Free Community Coalition

The Massena Drug Free Community Coalition was awarded a five-year $625,000 federal Drug Free Communities grant. Seaway Valley Prevention Council is the fiscal agent for the project.  This project aims to reduce marijuana and prescription drug use among youth in Massena.


Our vision for Horizons Clubhouse is to create a youth based community that is committed to making positive choices.  Horizons is open to all adolescents (ages 12-17) who are seeking a safe environment to create positive relationships with other peers while working on life skills.

Some fun youth activities we have to offer:
X-box, Wii, computers, ping-pong, prevention games, pool table, cooking, arts and crafts, foosball, arcade basketball, board games and team building games.