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School Districts Served

Summit County: Akron, Barberton, CVCA, Copley-Fairlawn, Coventry, Cuyahoga Falls, Manchester, Norton, Our Lady of the Elms, Springfield, St. Vincent. St. Mary, Stow-Monroe Falls, Tallmadge, Twinsburg, Woodridge

Medina County:  Brunswick, Buckeye, Wadsworth

Stark County:  Lake

Portage County: Crestwood, Field, Kent, Southeast, Waterloo, Windham

Private Schools:  Canton Central Catholic, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Our Lady of the Elms, St. Vincent St. Mary




Important Information for Parents

How do you feel about talking with your son or daughter about risky behaviors such as pre-marital sex, alcohol/drug use, and tobacco use?

“While the threat of drugs, alcohol, and sex are of great danger to our kids, the departure of adults from the lives of kids is worse.  Healthy youth need healthy relationships with adults – parents being the primary adults if possible.  Open communication is most vital and yet often the most frustrating piece of raising adolescents.” 1

  • Did you know that nearly 10.8 million youth, ages 12-20, are underage drinkers? 2
  • Did you know that over 70% of 15-17 year olds report not having sex?
  • Did you know that more adolescents drink than smoke or use drugs? 4
  • Did you know that 2/3 of teens who have had sex wished they had waited? 5

Parents tell us about these concerns:

Will my child listen to me?

88% of teens say it would be easier to avoid early sexual activity and teen
pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about the topics with their parents. 6

Will I be able to talk about sex with my child?

Nine out of ten parents think they should talk to their teens about sex; they’re just not sure what, when and how to start. 7

What should I say to my child if I was involved in risky behavior as a teen?

Even though a parent may have participated in risky activities, it does not disqualify you as the person your child needs to hear from about your family’s standards.  Ask yourself, are there things for me to come to grips with in my life that are holding me back from talking with my child?

1. James Garbarino, Dr. 2001. Raising Children in a Sicially Toxic Environment.
2. U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.  The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking. A Guide to Action for Educators, Office of the Surgeon General, 2007.
3. Center for Disease Control
4. U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce  Underage Drinking: A Guide to Action for Educators, Office of the Surgeon General, 2007.
5. Medical Institute. Moving Forward. 2006
6. 2009. Why You Need to Talk
7. Albert, B. With One Voice, 2007.



Teacher Information About RSVP/ C.A.T.S.

Responsible Social Values Program (RSVP) is an evidenced-based middle school prevention curriculum. The lesson plans help students correlate the risk areas of alcohol/drug use and premarital sexual activity. School climate is affected positively because of emphasis on respect.

  • Sixth grade students are taught positive character and friendship qualities, the meaning of immediate and delayed gratification, and how to avoid risky behaviors such as premarital sexual activity, alcohol and drug use.

  • Seventh grade students learn how to set standards for healthy relationships, future dating standards (including dating violence education), benefits of staying away from risky behaviors, and goal setting to achieve a successful future.

  • Eighth grade students learn that parenting is an adult responsibility, how to use resistance skills, how to set and keep physical limits, and good decision-making skills.   

  • RSVParent Meetings and parent/guardian child homework help stimulate communication between students and their families.

Concerned About Teen Success (C.A.T.S.) peer educators are area teens who volunteer in the program and are cooperatively released by their schools each month as part of their community service programs.  Upon invitation, C.A.T.S. and their coordinator will come to your classes. Plan on an energetic, poignant experience with your students as C.A.T.S. face the issues that confront teens and offer positive strategies for success.

Teachers tell us:

“RSVP reinforced curriculum, taught many new concepts and took our curriculum one step further.”

“We have done this program for 25 years and it is even more valuable now to our students than it has ever been."

“Abstinence is an acceptable option and the only option that eliminated risks. I love the healthy and unhealthy relationship lesson. The RSVP Instructor is very knowledgeable with up to date facts, has good rapport with students and responded to tough questions in a professional manner benefiting an abstinence program. I would love the opportunity to work with RSVP again."

C.A.T.S. Members tell us:

“I chose to talk and love love and infatuation because a lot of teems get confused and think that they are in love, when they are infatuated. They end up giving their virginity to someone that could end the relationship at the drop of a dime. I believe a person deserves more than that. Thats why I chose to stay abstinent. I want to wait for someone who loves me truly, enough to make the commitment to marry me to them my best self.."

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