Project PANDA is a youth-led, adult-guided prevention program for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Project PANDA engages students in their school at PANDA Club meetings and exposes them to other positive decision makers throughout the county at a series of one-day and three-day camp experiences. A unique element of Project PANDA is the Youth Staff, a group of high school students specially trained to encourage their peers to make healthy decisions. The youth staff work throughout the year to plan events and programming for Project PANDA.
Clubs meet once a month throughout the school year.
At camp, students participate in a three-day overnight experience and/or a one day Mini-PANDA conference. They learn different life skills (leadership, resiliency, self-esteem building), drug education and how to have fun while being drug-free. Overnight camps are held three times per year, for 5th-8th grade students. After camp the students are responsible for taking some of the PANDA Camp experience back to their schools and are encouraged to take an active role in spreading the drug-free message to their peers.
The Mini-PANDA conference is held once a year for 5th-8th grade students.
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