Youth Programs

Circle of Friends - LifeSkills Teen group

The Circle of Friends is comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally designed to promote positive youth development. In addition to helping kids resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, the Circle of Friends Middle School program also effectively supports the reduction of violence and other high-risk behaviors.

Every session includes a free meal.


Some of the topics covered include:

  • Personal Self-Management Skills - Students develop skills that help them enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving abilities, reduce stress and anxiety, and manage anger.
  • General Social Skills - Students learn skills to meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating clearly, building relationships, and avoiding violence.
  • Drug Resistance Skills - Students build effective defenses against pressures to use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
  • Advertising and Media - Students increase their awareness of the techniques employed by advertisers to manipulate consumer behavior and learn how to resist these techniques. By increasing awareness, students learn how to avoid violence and resist bullying behaviors.