What Is Project SUCCESS?

Project SUCCESS is a school-based program that works to reduce the factors that put students at risk for substance abuse, while working to enhance the factors that will protect students from the risks.

This is accomplished by placing highly trained counselors in schools to provide a full range of substance use prevention and early intervention services.

Project SUCCESS’ two goals are the following:

  1. Delay the age of first use of alcohol, tobacco & other drugs (ATOD).
  2. Increase protective factors and decrease risk factors for ATOD use.

Strategies Include:

  • Giving student’s information to increase their understanding about harmful consequences of using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Helping students understand that most teens don’t use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Providing services to students who are experiencing stress (such as relationship issues, friend’s substance use, etc.) that if not resolved might lead to substance use.
  • Teaching students skills for resisting peer pressure, responding to conflicts, managing anger, and avoiding and coping with other stressful situations.
  • Referring students, and their families who need additional help, to services in the school and community.
  • Working with school and community groups on activities to promote alcohol, tobacco, and drug free lifestyles for teens.

Program Components:

Project SUCCESS utilizes a combination of activities which have been designed to address the unique needs of adolescents. These activities include:

The Prevention Education Series: A multi-session Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug prevention program conducted by the Project SUCCESS Counselor with 7th and 9th graders through their health class.

Individual and Group Counseling: The Project SUCCESS Counselor conducts time limited individual, family and/or group counseling at school and is available for appointments either before or after school.

School-wide Awareness & Outreach Activities: Project SUCCESS activities help students change their attitudes about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and increase school bonding through student involvement in planning and implementing programs. Examples include; Student’s Leading Students and SRSLY Manchester; club activities; special assemblies; contests for special awareness days or weeks such as the Anti-Drug, safe prom, and graduation activities.

Parent Programs: Project SUCCESS includes parents as collaborative partners in prevention through parent workshops, consultation and referral, involvement in PTA and other school and community organizations.

Referrals: Students and parents who can benefit from additional services are referred to appropriate agencies or practitioners in the community or to other services in the school.

Project Success Counselor

Project SUCCESS is a voluntary program. Most students self-refer to the Project SUCCESS Counselor. Students may also be referred by peers, parents and faculty. Feel free to stop by the Project SUCCESS Counselor’s offices at your school or you may reach the counselor by phone or email.

Referral Process: If you'd like to make a referral, please email or call:

Lauren Herdrich:

My office is in the Administrators and Counselors complex, just past Ms. Kolcz office. I'm at Manchester Middle School and High School every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-3:30.

OR complete the referral form below.

Referrals are confidential.

Project SUCCESS Referral

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