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The Spartanburg Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a volunteer group consisting of dedicated young people from local high schools throughout Spartanburg County. The YAB learns leadership skills, and is taught an evidence based cirriculum regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD). These students promote the ideas of healthy and productive lifestyles through peer leadership, role modeling, and community presentations. For more information, please call Victoria Payne at (864) 707-2802.
Prevention Resource Center
The Prevention Resource Center is a lending library offering information on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and resources related to community prevention issues. For more information, please call Joe Pinilla at (864) 707-2804.
The TAC Team is comprised of law enforcement, prevention specialists, and volunteers who work to reduce youth access to tobacco and alcohol through education and the enforcement of laws.
The Palmetto Retailers Education Program (PREP) is a merchant education program approved by the S.C. Department of Revenue and S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services. This curriculum provides managers and servers/sellers of alcohol and/or tobacco with the knowledge and skills to comply with state laws as they relate to alcohol and tobacco sales. A PREP participant at The Forrester Center will receive:
A 3-5 hour training by a certified instructor, either on site or at The Forrester Center
Program materials and manuals for each participants
Training on current state laws, how to spot a fake ID, and liability issues
2-year Merchant Education certification
The cost to participate is $50 for individuals who have recieved a citation, and $25 for individuals who have not been cited. For more information, please call Peggy Wilcox at (864) 707-2805.
South Carolina Tobacco Education Program (TEP)
TEP is a youth focused program designed to educate youth on the dangers of tobacco, including the negative impact on health, finances, and quality of life. Youth can be referred to this program by school administrators, law enforcement officers, parents, etc. The cost is $25. For more information, please call Victoria Payne at (864) 707-2802.