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Current programs sponsored by Upper Merion Area CAST include:

GUIDING GOOD CHOICES - Guiding Good Choices is a premier, evidence-based parenting program for parents of children ages 9-14.  The program is proven to be effective in preventing drug use and underage drinking among youth.

inspireINSPIRATION GROWS! - The Inspiration Grows Campaign is a campaign by CAST and two student clubs at the high school, the Minding Your Mind Club and the Students Against Destructive Decisions Club (SADD).  The purpose of the campaign is to remind our community youth to be open about their struggles, to avoid destructive decisions such as drugs and alcohol, and to be their best selves.

To participate in the campaign,
1. Decorate a tree! It can be as simple as tying a ribbon around a tree, or you can get as creative as you want!
2. Snap a photo of the tree.
3. Post it on social media using #2InspirePA and #InspirationGrows.
4. Challenge others to decorate a tree! #JoinTheChallenge #You’veBeenInspired!
To see our flyer, Click Here.

TIE ONE ON FOR SAFETY- This is a campaign to prevent drunk and drugged driving. Red ribbons are displayed on cars between Thanksgiving and New Years, a period of time that includes some of the most dangerous days on the roads To learn more, CLICK HERE

TALK, THEY HEAR YOU - “Talk, They Hear You” is an underage drinking campaign designed to help parents talk to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.

POSITIVE  ACTION - Positive Action is a systematic educational program for students and parents that promotes an intrinsic interest in learning and encourages cooperation. It works by teaching and reinforcing the intuitive philosophy that you feel good about yourself when you do positive actions.

Project Sticker Shock is designed to reach adults who might purchase alcohol legally and provide it to minors. Stickers warning about the penalties for furnishing alcohol to minors are placed on all multi-packs of beer, alco-pops, and other alcohol products that might appeal to underage drinkers. The impact of the stickers is increased by media coverage of the event and by longer-lasting signs to be displayed by participating retailers. The project represents a partnership between youth, retailers, concerned parents and community members, prevention professionals, and law enforcement with the goal of educating potential furnishers, raising public awareness about underage drinking, and strengthening the deterrent effect of the law against providing alcohol to minors.

COMMUNITY OF CARING - The Community of Caring program aims to strengthen the decision-making skills that young people need to avoid the destructive behaviors substance abuse, delinquent behavior, and dropping out of school. The K-12 character education program contains eight essential components, including training and support, a facilitator, a coordinating committee, a comprehensive action plan, values across the curriculum, student forums, family and community involvement, and community service.

COPS AND KIDS - An education program created by the Upper Merion Police Department.

Love and Logic Parent Education Class - Provides parents with the skills they need to guide their elementary school- aged children through their formative years through a 6- week parent education class.

UMAAT (Upper Merion Area Assistance Team) and PASS ((People for the Assistance of Students in Stress) - Provides a system of referral, intervention, and after- care for middle and high school students who are experiencing barriers to academic and/or personal success, including those with interpersonal issues, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, and mental health concerns.

CAST Seminar Series - Monthly seminar series on various topics open to the entire Upper Merion Area community.


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This website was developed,  in part, under a grant number SP 14395-07 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHSA or HHS.