These interactive social group forums incorporate both a structured and non-structured service approach. Both models will incorporate a fixed number of sessions and participants, focused on issues or themes common to the group’s participants.
Topics may range from (1) recurring prevention services that use peers (people of the same rank, ability, or standing) to provide guidance, support, and other risk reduction activities for youth; (2) identifying and resisting social and situational pressures to use substances; dealing with personal consequences of use; support for adopting healthy attitudes and behaviors, etc. and (3) Structured prevention activities intended to impart information and teach organizational development skills and mobilize community groups. Examples are: member recruitment, community needs and resource assessment, planning for community decision-makers, multicultural leadership mobilization activities, etc.