What is a Student Assistance Program (SAP)?
Student Assistance Programs can be found in schools throughout the United States. SAP Counselors work with individuals and small groups of students on a wide range of issues from friendship and social skills to self-harm and beyond. The SAP program is concerned with building students' developmental assets and resiliency, delivering prevention education in and out of the classroom and facilitating student leadership programs. By being located within the school, CY SAP Counselors help to build better linkages among students, their families, school personnel, and community service agencies. The SAP program is also designed to identify students dealing with their own or someone else's substance use, intervening, and referring them to community agencies or private clinicians for more specialized care, if appropriate. SAP Counselors work with individuals and small groups of students on a wide range of issues from friendship and social skills to self-harm and beyond.
What does an SAP Counselor do?
At WCS the CY SAP Counselor's responsibilities include:
- organizing educational presentations
- promoting statewide campaigns including tobacco prevention
- facilitatation of the CY LEAD peer leadership group)
- providing information and supporting individuals and groups of students who are affected by their own or someone else’s use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.
Who is our SAP?
The CY SAP Counselor at Williston Central School is Kelly Fitzpatrick. Kelly has an AS in Law Enforcement and enjoys helping kids discover who they are. She is at WCS on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Where can I get more information?
- stop by the WCS CY-SAP office on the second floor
- Call the SAP, Kelly Fitzpatrick @ 871-6079
For more information about the CY SAP program at CSSU, please contact: CY-Connecting Youth Program Director, Christine Lloyd-Newberry at 802-388-1230. Please also visit CY's web site www.seewhy.info.
For more information on the SAP program in Vermont please see www.asap-vt.org.