Project Amp

With grant support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Project Amp addresses one of the most challenging issues in health care—preventing alcohol and other drug use among young people. Research shows that delaying and preventing alcohol and other drug use in adolescence can reduce risk of substance use later in life and prevent physical, educational, and developmental risk factors.

Developed by C4 and Young People in Recovery (YPR), Project Amp pairs adolescents with young adults with lived experiences of substance use recovery. The goal is to enhance protective factors that minimize adolescent risk for later substance use.

Adolescents are screened for substance use through the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) public health framework, in a range of health care and school-based settings. Adolescents who screen at low to moderate risk are invited to participate in the Project Amp brief mentorship intervention. Project Amp mentors are then partnered with adolescents to:

    • Explore the adolescent’s strengths, interests, and personal goals.
    • Enhance self-efficacy to achieve goals.
    • Focus on wellness and resiliency.
    • Facilitate connections with age-appropriate community resources and positive social networks.

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Contact Project Amp

Meet the Amp Team

Paquette Kristen Paquette, M.P.H.,
Project Director
Laura Winn Laura Winn, M.A., Deputy Director
Ferreira Kathleen Ferreira, Ph.D.,
Director of Research and Evaluation
Greene Neil Greene, M.A.,
Wilkey Catriona Wilkey, M.P.H., M.S.W., Deputy Director, Research & Evaluation

Why Project Amp?

Amp Resources

Peer Delivered Prevention

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Bring Project Amp to Your Community

Project Amp: Amplifying Our Futures is a four session brief mentorship intervention designed to support teenagers identified as low to moderate risk for substance use issues. Learn more about how we can help you!Project Amp Flyer 0117.

Paying It Forward

Hear about Andy Matthews’ experiences as a Project Amp mentor in Philadelphia during this 20-minute podcast from t3.

Recent Amp Newsletters

Youth Engagement in Prevention (October 2017)

September 2017

July 2017

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