School Services

Nicasa provides a variety of programs for students and parents at schools.  All school services are available in English and Spanish.

In-School Programming

ECHO —Empowering Choices for Healthy Outcomes

Based on scientifically-proven prevention strategies, ECHO is offered to youth in 1st through 8th grades. In an interactive, small group setting, students are empowered to identify their strengths and enhance their skills.  ECHO programming is provided during the school day.  ECHO core classes are run weekly for 10 weeks.  ECHO booster classes are run weekly for 5 weeks.  Nicasa provides ECHO programming in Round Lake, Waukegan, North Chicago, and Fremont School Districts.

Alternative to Suspension

Programming designed as an alternative to suspension from school.  This programming builds on the youth’s strengths, develops character, and prevents additional delinquent behavior during the day while the student is suspended.  Alternative to Suspension programs are provided on a contractual basis and modified to meet the unique needs of the school and its students and parents.

After School Programming

Nicasa provides after school programs for at-risk youth as a way to prevent substance use, gang involvement, and other risky behaviors.  These after school programs provide academic assistance and tutoring, life skills and drug and alcohol education, career development and exploration, recreation, and enrichment activities designed to motivate the students to work toward a healthy and successful future.

Parent Education

Nicasa’s parent education and support programs are adapted from the nationally-recognized, award-winning Parent Project, which was developed by Nicasa in 1988.  Nicasa recognizes that healthy family functioning can be an important factor in preventing  substance use and other risky behaviors, especially in youth.  Parent programming at the schools is provided on a contractual basis modified to meet the unique needs of the school and its students and parents.

Read more about Nicasa’s Prevention Services.