Bridging Forward

Bridging Forward is a program to reduce poverty in Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, and Webster counties by 30% by 2030. This program is working to improve quality of life, increase our local workforce, and discourage the reliance on public assistance.

L.E.A.D Initiative

The purpose of the L.E.A.D Initiative is to foster leadership skills among students in their junior and senior years. Students apply to be part of this program. Visit our L.E.A.D Initiative page for more information.

Click here for the application!

Free Lending Library/AA Store

ASAAP has funding from United Way to continue our Lending Library for everybody to use. The Lending Library/AA store has medallions, books, gifts and cards to purchase, but has many more books and DVD’s that you may borrow! Due to the nature of our work, and programming in the schools and colleges we do suggest that you Contact Us, we will make every attempt to ensure someone is in the office to serve you.

CCAA- Challenging College Alcohol Abuse

Challenging College Alcohol Abuse is a social norms and environmental management program that reduces high-risk drinking in college students 18-21 years old. CCAA is an evidence based program that has been implemented in Central Community College in Hastings since 2014.

CCAA has shown great success in reducing binge drinking on Hastings campus, between 2014 and 2016 there was a 14.1% decrease in binge drinking according to 2016 fall results of CCC Hastings dorm students! ASAAP had the goal of reducing binge drinking by 3% over 5 years. so this number is huge, and we have renewed a 5 year contract with the Partnership For Success grant to continue this great program!


ASAAP staff visits schools in Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster counties every two weeks. ASAAP brings in presenters to teach students about high risk behaviors. Several of the schools work very closely with ASAAP regarding current trends in the high-schools and how, as a team, we can prevent high risk behaviors among students. Students in the ASAAP groups are given the skill sets to assist each other in situations that can be risky and help their peers find resources for help.

Youth Leadership Academy

ASAAP and YWCA are now facilitating the Youth Leadership Academy in Hastings. YLA accepts applications from students in grades 9 & 10 from all three Hastings high schools in the spring of each year. Approximately 25-30 students are chosen by an Advisory Committee that includes schools officials and community leaders, based on their application and two referrals. Students are not judged on grades or other leadership activities. Youth Leadership Academy meets one half day per month during the school year at various locations in the community. Each meeting includes a mini session on leadership skills, teambuilding and project planning time where students interact with community leaders. Graduation in May includes a team report of the project planned and completed during the school year. Those who have completed one year of Youth Leadership Academy can apply a second year to be an Alumni Leader if they will be in 10th grade.

Prime for Life (High School Curriculum)

Prime for Life Curriculum was developed by the Prevention Research Institute. It is a risk deduction program. The first goal of the program is to help each participant in the program reduce risk for any type of alcohol or drug problem. The second goal focuses on self-assessment to help people understand and accept the need to make changes to protect the things most valuable in their lives.

Prime for Life is taught in some of our local schools by certified ASAAP staff. ASAAP also uses this curriculum to teach in our Drug Education Class once per month (3rd Saturday of each month). This class is intended to be taught to teenagers (18 years of age and younger). Parent(s) or guardian are highly suggested to attend with their teenager.

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