Promoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience

In an effort to provide community dialogue and resources, Camels Hump Middle School has partnered with UVM Extension to implement PROSPER. Since the fall of 2013, PROSPER teams, composed of community stakeholders, cooperate to deliver evidence-based programs to CHMS families and youth to bring about positive community-wide change.

CHMS offers two complimentary programs to the CHMS community annually.

Strengthening Families Program Ages 10-14 is an evidence-based program delivered over seven weeks for fifth and sixth grade students and their parents or caregivers. Youth benefit by learning to prepare for their teen years, communicate effectively with their parents, deal with stress and peer pressure, and avoid alcohol and drug misuse. Parents and caregivers enhance their parenting skills by learning to set limits, making house rules, encouraging positive behaviors, learning to handle stress and helping their children understand the negative impact of risky behaviors.

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program delivered to all seventh grade students, proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors.

If you would like further information regarding this program please contact CHMS PROSPER

Team Lead, Kara Bissonnette at

Rachel Elliot, CHMS Health Teacher

Leah Licari, CHMS Special Education Teacher

Mark Carbone, CHMS Principal

Sarah Kleinman, UVM Extension Email:

Kara Bissonnette, UVM Extension Email:

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