Children’s Harbor and Team SOY are partnering to launch PROJECT LIFELINE supported by United Way’s Commission on Substance Abuse and Broward Behavioral Health Coalition. PROJECT LIFELINE will provide mental health and substance abuse prevention services to 40 at risk Caribbean young adults, ages 18 to 23 (former foster care and community).

PROJECT LIFELINE seeks to increase resilience, well-being, and positive attitudes about accessing services. In addition, the project intends to increase young adults’ psychological well-being and help them develop and make progress towards future goals.

PROJECT LIFELINE will utilize the evidence-based Nurturing Program for Teens. This interactive prevention curriculum is designed to increase positive self-worth, personal empowerment, self-discipline, empathy, healthy attachments, and resilient-protective behaviors.

Youth will be connected to a trained, experienced, and inspiring Success Coach who will meet with them weekly for 6 months to achieve established goals. In addition, monthly group sessions will reinforce Nurturing Program lessons and help develop a positive support system. Program participation and achievement of goals will be reinforced with incentives and prosocial activities. Each youth will receive a tablet, $100 gift card, invited to a Caribbean party, and enjoy prosocial activities.