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
Impaired Driver Program
The Impaired Driver Program (IDP) is part of New York State’s effort to reduce personal and property losses caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
LEAF provides this 16-hour course for those convicted of an impaired-driving offense (alcohol or drugs). Sessions are designed to develop healthy decision-making and modify attitudes and unsafe driving habits.
- Participants must attend all seven classroom sessions
- Each session takes 2 to 3 hours, for a total of 16 hours
- When you satisfactorily complete the classroom sessions, your involvement in the IDP will end, UNLESS the program refers you for a formal evaluation and any resulting treatment
- IDP participants may be referred for a formal substance abuse assessment by a NY State court, the Department of Probation or the IDP
For more information, please contact
Helen Garvin, Office Manager
607-432-0090 Ext. 102 email@example.com
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