Prevention Programs

IMPOWER provides a free, evidence-based prevention program offering support and guidance to students in many of the schools in Seminole County. Services are focused on children and youth who present emotional or behavioral patterns that interfere with their academic performance.

ALPHA Prevention Program 

Currently offered in eight Seminole County Public Schools, the ALPHA Prevention Program is a school-based education program offered at no cost to families for elementary, middle school, and high school students who present negative behavior patterns that interfere with their academic performance and/or who are at risk for substance abuse.

Established in 2008, the program focuses on reducing risk factors and increasing the protective factors that will prevent alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug use before students are exposed to them.

ALPHA utilizes a systematic approach to success by creating an environment that is conducive to growth on personal, social, and educational levels within academic settings. The program incorporates students, parents, teachers, and mentoring staff in cooperative efforts on behalf of the student.

In FY2021-2022, more than 340 children in eight (8) Seminole County Public Schools benefited from ALPHA.

Third grade students who participated in substance abuse prevention services for at least 75% of the school year increased their knowledge in this area by 42% on average.

Benefits of ALPHA include…

  • Behavior modification
  • Emotion regulation
  • Greater knowledge of tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse
  • Improved decision making
  • Improved friendships with pro-social peers
  • Increased self-awareness and self-esteem
  • Individual goal setting
  • Mindfulness
  • Positive encouragement

Download our ALPHA brochure here.

For information about our school-based prevention program, email jhixon@impowerfl.org.

Thank you to our Prevention Program supporters:

Central Florida Cares Health System, Inc. (CFCHS)
Seminole County Public Schools
Orange County Government, Florida
Orange County Public Schools
West Orange Healthcare District, Proud Founding Champion of Healthy West Orange