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Prevention Programs


The Prevention Educators at Hamilton County Community Services are dedicated to providing evidenced-based programs, which have been developed, tested and found to be both cost effective as well as effective in deterring substance abuse and other problem behaviors, for students in grades Pre-K thru 12. These programs are designed to help increase social and self-competency skills and awareness of the harmful health, social and psychological consequences of drug use. They also help to build upon character education qualities such as respect, leadership, self-esteem and good decision making.

SAMSHA Model Programs Offered by HCCS: For more information on the programs, click on link provided.

Other Character Education Programs Available: For more information contact us at 648-5355

  • The Caring Coach Program
  • Learning for Life
  • Start Something
  • Wisewords/Wisequotes
  • Proud to be Polite
  • Bullying - Identify, Cope and Prevent
  • Brain Power
  • Youth Tobacco Prevention Program
  • Guide for a Tobacco Free Life
  • Get Real About Violence
  • Get Real About Tobacco
  • Giraffe Heros Program
  • Right Decisions/Right Now
  • Smoke Screeners
  • Mind Up

Video Series Available: For more information contact us at 648-5355

  • You Can Choose - Series
  • The Six Pillars of Character - Series
  • Integrity Matters - Series
  • Proud to be Polite


Hamilton County Youth Board

The Hamilton County Youth Board is made up of various agencies and community groups who envision Hamilton County as a place where all youth have a voice and an opportunity to have a healthy lifestyle. Our mission is to create a forum for youth and caring adults to promote and provide opportunities for making positive choices.

Activities promoted and sponsored by the HC Youth Board:

  • After Prom Parties
  • County-wide dances
  • Fall Festivals/Pumpkin Carving Contests
  • Family Fun Day
  • Family Movie Nights
  • Guest Speakers
  • Outdoor Adventure Trips for families and youth
  • Youth Summits
  • Wellness Fairs
  • Winter Festivals
  • 5K Run/Walk

ATTENTION YOUTH! If you are interested in joining our Youth Board see Allison, Brandy or Joe!

Check out our calendar of events for upcoming activities in your community!


Our Trailblazers outdoor adventure program focuses on teambuilding and provides healthy alternatives for youth to drug use. The TRAILBLAZERS ADVENTURE GROUP (TAG) activities are challenging but they are also fun. Through them, you will grow strong, meet new people and travel to new places. The participants will work together to set goals and respect each others right to choose their own challenges.

Our mission is to have youth recognize their personal strengths while emphasizing Courage, Truth, Respect, Responsibility and Character. Trailblazers is about strengthening resiliency and increasing resistance to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. We want to help the youth in the area develop their social, physical and mental maturity and encourage them to make positive choices.

Trailblazers Trips

Here is a list of a few trips we have taken in the past. We are always open to new suggestions and new adventures. Click on the links below to check out where we have been!

Have an idea for a trip??? Feel free to contact us and we can explore the opportunity together!


Phone: 518-648-5355

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See pictures of past trips and find the latest news and information on upcoming trips!

Check out our video of 2010 summer trips!