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7100 Mission Street
Daly City CA 94014
Phone 650-756-3230
Fax 650-756-2851

Program Supervisor: Michelle Ninde

Asian American Recovery Services offers youth prevention and treatment services to North San Mateo County residents from its site in Daly City. We collaborate with the school districts to provide prevention services to Daly City middle and high schools, offering curricula based in life skills and youth development models. Outpatient substance abuse counseling services are offered to youth referred through San Mateo County Office of Juvenile Probation. We are also involved in the training and implementation of Asset Development in the Daly City community.

Project STAY SAFE provides after-school youth prevention and mentoring services to students in the Jefferson Elementary School District (Pollicita Middle School, Fernando Rivera Middle School) and the Jefferson Union High School District (Jefferson High School, Westmoor High School). STAY SAFE operates on Strength-Based principles that emphasize and reinforce positive talents, attitudes, and possibilities in order to develop healthy behaviors that include the prevention of substance use and abuse and violence.

After-school activities involve educational and life-skills workshops based on the Competence Through Transitions model, an evidence-based model developed by Asian American Recovery Services through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration / Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. These workshops involve improving communication skills, decision-making skills, refusal skills, and cultural awareness. Work based on the life skills groups are translated into youth development program activities. This year, the youth are compiling a photo novella based on the theme of current youth experiences and trends. In the middle schools, Project STAY SAFE also engages youth who are transitioning into high school, coordinating visits to the new high school and establishing mentorship pairs for first year high school students.

Project STAY SAFE is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) / Center of Mental Health Services (CMHS), and Alcohol and Drug Services through the San Mateo County Human Services Agency, with collaboration through the Jefferson Elementary School District, the Jefferson Union High School District, and the Family Resource Centers through Project Futures.

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