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CETAC Newsletter Highlights Positive Action in Utah

The Character Education and Civic Engagement Technical Assistance Center (CETAC), a division of the U.S. Department of Education published a testimonial by Paris Anderton, Prevention Coordinator from the Northeastern Counseling Center in Vernal, Utah validating the positive effects of Positive Action as a community and family program.

Extract from the CETAC Newsletter:

Positive Action Enriches a Utah Community

By Paris Anderton, Prevention Coordinator, Northeastern Counseling Center, Vernal, Utah

In FY 2004, Uintah School District received a PCEP grant, which supported implementation of the Positive Action school model in grades K–12 and in Split Mountain Youth Center, a juvenile justice facility. The school district and my Northeastern Counseling Center expanded our liaisons to include the Utah Division of Workforce Services, the Department of Child and Family Services and the Eighth District Juvenile Court.

The Positive Action program offers a character education classroom curriculum and kits for principals, families and communities. To reinforce school efforts, all community partners mandated that their clients attend Positive Action for Families classes before receiving other services, then later, family classes were expanded to include any interested family.

Together, we have trained over 1,000 school personnel and community members. The Positive Action program is uniting residents through a commonality of character language and practice to meet community goals, such as increasing academic achievement and positive conflict resolution, and reducing absenteeism and substance abuse.