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Since the 1980s, Insight Human Services has offered evidence-based prevention programs to thousands of North Carolina students and their families. In the last five years alone, Insight has served more than 100,000 children and 20,000 adults.

Our trained Program Specialists develop meaningful relationships in the communities we serve to tailor a useful array of services geared toward population-based changes.  We concentrate on environmental change strategies and community-based engagement that includes focusing on the health of the whole family.

Alongside our community-based and environmental work, Insight provides educational opportunities. In our prevention education programs we provide support a child’s specific needs without interfering with the academic day. Some of the following core skills are addressed in our curriculum: self-esteem, team building, goal setting, problem solving, anger management, conflict resolution and decision making.

Prevention Services also collaborates with a myriad of agencies ranging from schools to law enforcement to community coalitions to disseminate vital “prevention” messages. Key issues staff address come directly from a vigorous needs assessment conducted within each county we serve and result in strategies to address substance use. These issues include, but are not limited to, education on underage drinking, responsible alcohol consumption, tobacco use and safe disposal of medications.

We believe in building a better community

though population-based approaches.

_MG_5380Our programs are supported by a variety of federal, state and local entities, including the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Prevention activities achieve results.

 Last year:

  • Nearly 100% of our students completed their prevention program.
  • Our staff visited nearly 2,000 businesses to ensure merchants checked ID when selling tobacco products.
  • More than 8 out of 10 students demonstrated improved behavior.
  • 87% of students maintained or improved their grades.
  • More than half received better attendance reports at school.
  • 4,000 adults received alcohol, drug and tobacco education materials.
  • 96% of adults and students demonstrated a greater awareness of the effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

Over time, Insight’s Prevention Services has expanded its activities into areas like medication “take-backs” in various communities, resulting in the collection of millions of doses of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Insight also leads thriving after school programs offering tutoring, homework assistance and physical activity. Trained Program Specialists staff vital “transition” summer camps that help rising sixth graders with the changes accompanying middle school – a time during which, statistics show, children can be most susceptible to peer pressure. We believe prevention is about empowering children and their families to live healthy, happy lives.

Prevention provides services to many organizations within the 13 counties that we serve ranging from local coalitions and civic groups to schools, health departments and law enforcement.