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Director of ISU's Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute attends first-ever youth conference at White House
AMES, Iowa -- Richard Spoth, director of Iowa State University's Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, will participate in a first-ever White House Conference on Helping America's Youth hosted by First Lady Laura Bush Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C.
"The conference brings researchers, policymakers and educators together to focus on the problems facing at-risk youth in America and provides an opportunity to highlight examples of proven programs, such as those studied or developed by the institute," Spoth said.
Spoth said the institute's research addresses preventive intervention projects involving youth and families.
"Our research emphasis includes prevention of substance abuse and youth violence, promotion of academic success and youth skills building," he said.
Since 1991, the institute's projects have received several national and international awards. Those projects also garnered $51 million in research grants and produced an award-winning program now implemented in 40 states and four countries.
Iowans have benefited from the institute's work through a partnership between the institute, Iowa State Extension and community school districts called PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience).
Spoth said partnership-based programs have shown significant improvements in local communities, including more effective parenting; better academic achievement; decreases in alcohol, marijuana, meth and cigarette use; and less violent behavior in youth.
In addition, PROSPER partnerships in seven Iowa communities -- Hampton, Fort Dodge, Winterset, Estherville, Ottumwa, Muscatine and Mount Pleasant -- are implementing a number of scientifically tested family and school-based programs, including the "Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10 to 14," with success.
"A recent economic benefits analysis of the program shows that for every $1 invested in the program, an estimated $9.60 return on investment is captured," Spoth said. "Finding effective ways to create healthier families means a healthier Iowa and America. Sharing our research and results with the First Lady will be an honor."
Richard Spoth, director of Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, will participate in a first-ever White House Conference on Helping America's Youth.
"The conference brings researchers, policymakers and educators together to focus on the problems facing at-risk youth in America."
Richard Spoth, director, Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute