TALK Program

A Comprehensive Program for Students, Families, School Staff and Communities

TALK Program

Building life skills and increasing protective factors that lead to success

Classroom and Groups
School-based Prevention Specialists deliver evidence-based classroom lessons and work with students in small psycho-educational groups.

"TALK has been helping me from 2nd grade up until now in my college years. When I was in 4th grade, I was coming to terms that my mother was on drugs. Thanks to TALK, I am not embarrassed of her addiction anymore because I was taught I did not cause it, I cannot change it and I can do better for myself. "
~ S.M., College Sophormore, TALK Participant

TALK ProgramFamily/Parent Programs
TALK program provides evidence-based family education program to students and their families, which reinforces skills taught in the classroom and focuses on skill building.

"This program was wonderful. It got us though our family crisis, and helped me and my kids. " -Parent

Summer Programs
This interactive program reinforces the evidence-based lessons students learned during the school year and prepares students for the next academic year.

Staff Development
Prevention Specialists deliver ongoing professional development to staff in the areas of 504, Intervention & Referral Services (I.&R.S.), and suicide prevention and awareness.

Community Partnerships
Prevention Specialists actively participate in community committees/councils to remain informed about drug and alcohol trends in the community, identify community partners to appropriately refer students and to decrease the community-level risk factors for substance abuse.

TALK Program Locations

Ocean County

  • Toms River Regional Schools
  • Lacey Township School District
  • Barnegat Township School District

Monmouth County

  • Bradley Beach School District
  • Howell Township Public Schools
  • Hope Academy Charter School, Asbury Park

Essex County

  • East Orange School District

For information please call Tracy Gross at 732-914-3815.


Neysa Acosta, ShaRonda Amon, Abigail Priece, Megan Tucker, Kathi Viola, Krista DeFilipo

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