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Youth Development



Mission Statement: "The Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Education Program provides research-based information, skill building, support, and growth opportunities to encourage individuals to adopt health-enhancing alternatives to substance abuse. ADAPEP is committed to working with the school/home/community to assist individuals in reaching their potential as productive and contributing members of society."

What is ADAPEP?

The Alcohol-Drug Abuse Prevention Education Program (ADAPEP) is a school based substance abuse prevention program that provides school districts with information, education and counseling services at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Established in 1971, ADAPEP is funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the participating school districts, with the support of the Onondaga County Department of Mental Health. It is the largest school based prevention program in New York State outside of New York City, with 34 full and part time counselors in 16 school districts in Onondaga and Madison counties.

NYS Youth Development Survey

In 2012 a team of agencies in Onondaga County sponsored the PRIDE NYS Youth Development Survey. Included items focused on alcohol and drug use by students in addition to other student behaviors, risk, and protective factors. A sample of districts representative of the county were included in the survey at the 7th, 9th, & 11th grade levels.

For questions about this data, contact:

   Janel Payette
   Coordinator of Consultant Support Services