Prevention Services

The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown employs Cora Sorensen, BSW as our Youth Prevention Coordinator. Cora is responsible for leading BGCA national programs and other diversion programs.

Smart Moves Program:
This is a prevention program which focuses on saying “NO” to peer pressure and helps build self-esteem. This program provides current, age appropriate information on puberty and drug/alcohol issues. We also include information on communication and making healthy decisions. There is a curriculum “Start Smart” for 9 – 12 year old youth and another curriculum, “Smart Leaders” for ages 13 -18 years.

More than simply emphasizing a “Say No” message, the program teaches young people ages 6 to 15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal: to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.

Y.E.S. Youth Educational Shoplifting Program:
For ages 13 – 18, this program covers a wide range of topics within a well-designed curriculum. Students will learn the feelings, stresses and reason within their life that causes them to shoplift. Students will cover making choices, risk-taking versus reward, and the consequences of further shoplifting charges. The program offers youth a chance to learn about their shoplifting experience through self-exploration, peer group discussions and individual activities. Youth will be tested over homework material, attend a 4 hour workshop and will participate in a follow-up session.

Parent Programs:
Parent Issues – Available to parents/guardians of the Y.E.S. Program. This program offers insight and tips regarding building rapport with youth and disciplining them.
Smart Parents – Begins with Parent Issues information and summarizes the Smart Leaders program.
Common Sense Parenting – These sessions are based on The Boys Town model. The curriculum will help you understand your child’s behavior and gives you a framework for correcting and teaching your child. The class involves 12 hours of class with a trained facilitator.

For more information and to inquire about fees for any programs, please contact Cora Sorensen, BSW, Youth Prevention Coordinator, at 886-6666 or