The Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club heard an update on services from the Wyoming Valley Drug and Alcohol. School Interventionist Jessica Budzak explained the organization has welcomed new CEO Jason Harlen, who replaced the recently-retired Carmen Ambrosino.
Budza, who has worked as Wyoming Area’s Director and Prevention Specialist for 10 years, explained the organization continues to provide the same services. She works with children from fourth to 12th grade. She discusses the dangers of drugs and alcohol with children as well as bullying and gambling and helps develop life skills in her work. Budzak advises the SADD club in the high school and utilizes those members to talk to elementary level students about these issues.
Budzak explained the working of the Student Assistance Progam (SAP) for high school children with identified issues with drugs and alcohol and the treatments available for those in need through WVDA.
WVDA has 10 interventionists working in school districts throughout Luzerne County and is planning a safety week in May at Wyoming Area.