Violence Prevention

The Youth Service Bureau is partnering with Penn State University and State College Area School District to address trauma related issues and provide services to all districts, including charter and private schools in the county.

Youth Programs:  The YSB provides prevention services in schools as well as at our youth centers and Street Outreach sites:

Too Good for Violence

TGV offers programs for middle and high school students, focusing on promoting social and emotional learning skills for

  • conflict resolution,
  • bullying prevention,
  • anger management,
  • respect for self and others.

The high school program also looks at the skills needed to navigate the world students will enter after high school and includes healthy teen dating and social media awareness sessions.The lessons use games, music, skits, and role-play to engage all students and give them multiple opportunities to practice these essential skills and apply them directly to their own lives.

  • Sessions are 50 minutes once a week for 10 weeks.
  • Group size can range from 5 to 30 students.

To bring this program to your group, contact us at

Adult Training Program:  Leaders from Penn State including The Psychological Services Clinic, a State Licensed Community Mental Health Clinic, and The Herr Clinic, a Counselor Education Clinic, at Penn State University will lead Culturally Competent, Equity-Based Trauma Informed Training to schools across the county.

  • Recognizing the pressures on schools due to Covid-19, we are working with schools to produce free, remote, flexible school wide and small group training opportunities.
  • Contact Jennifer Connell, LCSW at to find out how we can support your school or district’s trauma informed training needs.

Recent Trainings:

The Impact of Trauma on the Brain
Dr. Peter Montminy, PhD

Equity Based Trauma Informed Schools
Dr. Seriashia Chatters, PhD

Trauma informed Self Care for Teachers
Dr. Michael Wolff, PhD