The purpose of Teen Institute and Peer Prevention is to build leadership skills in teens and reinforce the decision to be drug-free. Peer Prevention engages youth in meaningful activities, allows them to assume responsibility in a healthy way and, ultimately, prevents future drug use. Ohio Teen Institute is the oldest and largest peer prevention program in the United States and teaches youth about drug and alcohol abuse and how to effectively lead prevention projects in their schools and communities.
TI/Peer Prevention addresses the following Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) risk factors:
- Individual attitudes towards substance use
- Perceived risk of substance use
- Early initiation of problem behavior
Operation Snowball is an alcohol and other drug use prevention program focusing on leadership development that empowers youth to lead drug-free lives and offers participants a variety of resources on healthy lifestyles, leadership and communication skills and an opportunity to meet other people in their communities who share the ideals of a drug-free life.