Skills for Success

DePelchin Children’s Center understands the importance of character development and partners with schools to help students make positive life choices. Skills for Success is offered to elementary, middle and high school students to help them evaluate the consequences of their behavior and the impact on their future.

The program is designed to help prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug use and reduce fighting, bullying and delinquency. The primary goal of Skills for Success is to prevent youths from engaging in behaviors that will put their health and well-being at risk. Skills for Success also helps students focus on making positive choices and avoid engaging in risky behaviors.

Eligibility Criteria

Skills for Success is a free program for elementary, middle and high school students. As students transition from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school, they begin to rely more on their peer group. Skills for Success not only helps students learn how to make positive decisions, but it also teaches students how to form positive peer relationships. The program is designed to help students make better choices.

Program Components

Two evidence-based curricula, Too Good for Drugs and Project Towards No Drug Abuse, are implemented in a classroom setting which offers students the opportunity to participate individually and as a group. The curricula consist of 10-12 hour-long sessions. Skills for Success does more than prevent negative behavior. It is designed to promote the development of healthy lifestyle choices, positive relationships, a sense of belonging and a belief in the future. During each session, students are given the opportunity to think about their future – what they want and don’t want – through an engaging curriculum with games, prizes, art projects and other developmentally-appropriate activities. Program staff are also available to conduct one-time presentations, activities or assemblies with a focus on drug prevention or character development.


DePelchin offers Skills for Success at no charge to elementary, middle and high schools in Galveston County. The program is covered by funding through the Department of State Health Services, specifically for Galveston County students.


For more information or to bring Skills for Success to your school, please call (281) 332-1463 or email Neil Treble at