The vision of PROSPER is to support community partnerships that sustain the most effective programs for promoting
positive youth development and strong families, and to facilitate translation of prevention science into widespread community practice.
PROSPER stands for PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience. PROSPER isnít a program, rather it is a scientifically-proven delivery system that facilitates sustained, quality delivery of evidence-based programs that
reduce risky youth behaviors, enhance positive youth development and strengthen families.
This delivery system links university-based prevention researchers with two established program delivery systems within a stateóthe Cooperative Extension
System at the Land Grant University and the public school system. The public school system offers collaborators who support evidence-based programs
access to youth in the community. Extension offers knowledge of the community and experience in disseminating educational programs. In this way, the
delivery system entails a partnership-based approach to evidence-based programming, called the PROSPER Partnership model.
Using the PROSPER Partnership model, small and strategic community teams have access to the latest research from university scientists and benefit from the
expertise and consistent support of the Extension System. The PROSPER delivery system also assures that programs provided for youth and their parents are
implemented properly, are supported in the community, and can be sustained over time.
The PROSPER Partnership model is based on more than 20 years of partnership experience and NIH-funded research.
There are five core components required for successful implementation of the PROSPER Partnership model: