Community Services

& Presentations

LEAF’s professional staff presents informative programs and workshops to service clubs, churches, businesses, schools, and parent groups. All LEAF presentations provide accurate, current, culturally relevant, and age-appropriate information. We can tailor our presentations to address the needs of your audience, community, or population you serve.

Presentation sample topics: 

  • Youth and Alcohol 
  • Cannabis and Youth Brain Development 
  • Tobacco and Vaping 
  • Problem Gambling 
  • Addiction and Public Health

Current Workshop Offerings

Shawna Has a Secret

Important information for anyone who loves a teen

Smoke Screen

Truth and Myth About Todays Cannabis

Smoke Screen

Truth and Myth About Todays Cannabis

The Heart of the Matter

Wine and Women’s Health

Managing You in Times of Stress

5 Simple Tools

All Steamed Up

Vaping and Our Youth

The Science of Addiction

Choices & Consequences

LEAF’s Choices and Consequences Program, or C&C, is an innovative, alcohol awareness program designed for youth ages 17 to 20. The program addresses the dangers of underage drinking for those youth who have violated the underage drinking laws, such as the Alcohol Beverage Control Law, Section 65(c). C&C is court-mandated by the Otsego County judges who feel offenders will benefit from alcohol and other drug information, and the class will give them the opportunity to explore and address the consequences of ATOD use and abuse.

  • Choices and Consequences is a 6-hour course. This course is completed in 3 sessions, lasting 2 hours each.. Upon attending all three sessions, and completing all assignments, a notice of completion is forwarded to the sentencing judges informing them of that student’s attendance.

For more information, please contact

Victoria Wasiel, Program Coordinator
607-432-0090 ext. 104


Problem Gambling Prevention

Talk with Your Children about Gambling!

Gambling today is more accessible than ever. It is portrayed through television and other media as exciting and easy money. However, gambling can lead to serious problems. Children need to understand that gambling can easily get out of control and lead to serious losses including money, possessions, trust, and respect from family and friends or educational opportunities. Studies show that the earlier a child engages in risky behaviors, the greater the likelihood those behaviors will become problematic.

Youth are exposed to gambling images almost every day. Just by simply going onto the internet, opportunities for mobile gambling and sports betting can pop up. Walking into a grocery store exposes them to lottery tickets and many video games offer in-game gambling opportunities.


Low mood or feelings of anxiety, Adolescents have reported gambling to escape worries or frustration, Lying, cheating and/or stealing, Preoccupation with gambling, Unexplained absences from school and/or work, Intense interest in gambling conversations, uses gambling lingo, Interrupts time spent with family or friends because of gambling

Research shows that parents CAN make a difference in how their children respond to risky activities such as gambling.

Start early – talk with your kids now about gambling and other risky behaviors. Listen – let them know that they can come to you and you will listen. Educate yourself and your kids. Know what behavior is normal. Establish family rules and enforce them. Monitor your children’s activities, know where they are and with whom. Be involved. Help your child develop coping skills. Be a good role model, demonstrate the behavior that you want your children to learn

PAX Tools for Communities

PAX Tools for Communities are practical tools that focus on emotional self-regulation to help children and the adults who love them at home and in the community. PAX tools are for families and others who may interact with children in organizations or activities. We invite you to learn about these simple, proven tools that help each of us create the world we want our children to inherit.

PAX Tools is a collection of nine trauma-informed, evidence-based behavioral strategies for families and communities to promote the development of self-regulation of the children in their lives. Adults who participate in PAX Tools Community Workshops receive the information and materials they need to effectively use PAX Tools with the children in their lives.

If you work with children or families and are interested in having a workshop presented, please click the button to fill out the interest form and someone will be in contact with you!

Medical Disposal Bags

The patented Deterra® System deactivates prescription drugs, pills, patches, liquids, creams, and films. Deterra renders them inert, unavailable for misuse, and safe for the environment. In a simple 3-step process, a user deactivates the drugs by putting them in a Deterra pouch or container, adding water, shaking, and throwing it away. It’s genuinely that simple!

Get your pouch by filling out the simple form linked below!