Footprints for Life

FOOTPRINTS for LIFE is a research and evidence-based primary prevention program designed to builds assets and teach skills through the use of puppets and stories that feature "real-life" situations experienced by a children's soccer team. The six-week program is designed to be presented in the classroom setting and includes weekly parent information letters and weekly journal assignments. The program is designed to promote developmental assets to deter the first use of alcohol and other drugs. The curriculum is designed to be implemented in 2nd or 3rd grades and uses developmentally appropriate learning materials. Through trained and skilled presenters, Our Place offers this program to all private and public schools 2nd grade classrooms in Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington Counties.


FOOTPRINTS for LIFE is grounded in the theory of asset-based prevention developed by The Search Institute, an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth and communities. At the heart of the Institute's work is the framework of 40 developmental assets, which are positive experiences and personal qualities that young people need to grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible citizens. Young people with low levels of developmental assets are two to four times as likely to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs as those who have above-average asset levels. This is true for young people from all racial/ethnic, family, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


FOOTPRINTS for LIFE addresses internal assets, particularly the area referred to as social competencies. The skills to be developed include planning and decision-making, interpersonal skills, peaceful conflict resolution, cultural competence, and dealing with peer pressure, specifically around substance use/abuse. Additional activities help children identify abusive situations and how to ask for help.

For more information contact Cheryl Graves at 812-945-3400. Footprints for Life is made possible through funding from Metro United Way, Indiana Department of Child Services,Clark County Youth Coalition through their Clark County Substance Abuse Block Grant- Indiana Division of Mental Health & Addictions, Harrison County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and School Parent/Teacher Organizations.  Please e-mail for more information.

Afterschool ROCKS


Afterschool ROCKS is an after-school prevention program focusing on 4th grade students in all elementary schools in Floyd County.

This program is offered in an eight-week format and consists of substance abuse and violence prevention components. Most activities are experiential in nature. The main goal is to teach youth how to resist peer, social, and media pressures and build social emotional learning skills.  In addition, we offer alternative activities while in a fun, interactive, and safe environment.


For more information, contact Our Place, Inc. directly at 812-945-3400. The Afterschool ROCKS program is funded through the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction with funds from the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. Please e-mail for more information.


Our Place offers LifeSkills Traning (LST) a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. this comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.

Developed by Dr. Gilbert Botvin, a leading prevention expert, Bovin LifeSkills Training is backed by over 30 scientific studies and is recognized as a Model or Exemplary program by an array of government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.


Rather than merely teaching information about the dangers of drug abuse, Botvin Lifeskills training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to :

  • Teach Students the necessary skills to resist social (peer) pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs.

  • Help students to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence

  • Enable students to effectively cope with anxiety

  • Increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse

  • Enhance cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent a variety of health risk behaviors

Our Place offers LifeSkills in the 4th, 7th, and 9th or 10th grades in classrooms throughout Floyd and Clark Counties. These developmental times can be pressure points for students that can lead to increased high risk behaviors. the curriculum is offered in a series of classroom based sessions. For additional information regarding this program please  e-mail for more information.

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