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Current programs sponsored by Upper Merion Area CAST include:

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

Delivered in 7 sessions, this is an evidence-based, family inclusive program that promotes positive communication, family bonding, and joint problem solving skills.  

STAYING CONNECTED WITH YOUR TEEN - Staying Connected with Your Teen is a five session prevention program that teaches parents of high school aged students how to adapt their parenting styles, allowing for the natural separation that occurs during this developmental stage. To be successful, parents need to be role models, sounding boards, teachers and guides, and to keep the lines of communication open.  SCWYT promotes providing youth with increased responsibility so that they can develop the skills that they need to go out into the world and function independently. It recognizes, however, that the most significant factor to insuring the well being of a teen is parental involvement.

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.

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.

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.

INSPIRATION 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,
inspire171. 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.
To see our video, Click Here.

NATURAL HIGH - Natural High is a program to inspire and empower youth to find there NATURAL HIGH and develop the skills and courage to live life well.
To see our videos, 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.

cig posterPROJECT STICKER SHOCK - 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.

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

Education of Athletes and their families about prescription narcotics

Life Skills Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Module - Offered online and in person to middle school students and their parents. Contact for a code to access the online course.

Locking Medication Bag Rentals - Are you or someone in your family taking a prescription opioid or other drug with a high potential for misuse or addiction?  Don’t leave it in your family medicine cabinet.  Borrow a locking medication bag from CAST.  Contact for details. 

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.


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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.