CARBONDALE — The Carbondale PROmoting School – community – university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) team is holding a holiday vendor fair on Saturday, November 18 at the Carbondale Area Elementary School, 103 Brooklyn St., Carbondale from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Over 70 vendors and crafters will be present.

The event will provide customers with a one stop holiday shopping experience and raise funds for PROSPER drug and alcohol prevention programs.

A wide selection of direct sale vendors will be on hand from candles, kitchen ware, purses, totes, scrapbook supplies, jewelry, board games and more.

Handcrafted items such as jewelry, scarves, shawls, hair bows, and home décor will also be featured.

In addition, pictures with Santa, door prizes and food will be available. Admission is $2.00 per person. Children under age 12 are free.

The PROSPER project is an innovative model for bringing evidence based prevention programs to communities in order to strengthen youth, families, and the community.

The focus is on strengthening parent-child relations and problem-solving, building youth life skills, and teaching youth to avoid peer pressure or dangerous behaviors.

The Carbondale Area School District has participated in the PROSPER project for more than fifteen years.

A team which consists of Penn State Extension, school personnel, students, families, community leaders, health and social service providers, and others work together to implement and sustain scientifically-proven programs that meet the needs of family and youth in the Carbondale and the Greater Upper Valley area.

Two prevention programs are being implemented in the community – The Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 and LifeSkills Training.

The Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 is a free seven week two-hour program which improves parenting skills, builds life skills in youth and strengthens family bonds. Over 300 Carbondale Area families have successfully completed the program.

LifeSkills Training is a fifteen lesson curriculum implemented in the eighth grade at Carbondale Area. It is designed to prevent the early stages of substance use by influencing risk factors associated with substance abuse, particularly occasional or experimental use.

For more information about the holiday vendor craft fair or PROSPER, call Penn State Extension at 570-963-6842.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Karen Thomas at 570-963-6842 in advance of your participation or visit.

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