July 18, 2011

Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Inc. was admitted to the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) for its Building Skills curriculum in June 2011. Western New York United is primarily a substance abuse prevention and education agency designed to train and mobilize local schools and communities to implement evidence-based strategies that prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other dangerous drugs.

Building Skills is their 12-lesson curriculum designed to help 5th graders avoid or reduce high-risk behaviors, including substance abuse, by improving their inter- and intrapersonal skills. The Building Skills curriculum topics include self-esteem, goal setting, decision making, problem solving, communication skills, choosing friends, stress/anger management, conflict resolution, assertiveness, and substance refusal skills.

Ciurczak & Company Inc. collaborated closely with Western New York United’s Executive Director, Linda Flowers and the Systems Integration Director, Tim Smykowski  to co-author the grant proposal that funded the three year project, and then analyze the data  with them that ultimately resulted in the validation award for the Building Skills curriculum.

Congratulations, WNY United!