Options That Change Lives

Understanding and knowledge is a powerful life tool. Youth Options Shasta offers classes that address relevant issues facing youth and their families. We are here to provide tools to get you to where you want to be.



  • For students to understand basic information about tobacco products, including e-cigarettes/vape pens, and the harm they cause
  • For students to gain awareness of strategies manufactures of tobacco, including e-cigarettes/vape pens employ to increase use among adolescents through deceptive and creative marketing strategies
  • For students to gain skills to refuse experimentation and use of tobacco
  • Brain 101
  • Wants, Needs, and Addiction
  • Addiction 101
  • Nicotine Addiction
  • Cell Phone Deprivation
  • Tobacco Myths & Discussion
  • Recipe of a Cigarette
  • E-Cigarette and Vape Pen 101
  • Flavors, Manipulation, and Targeting
  • Creative Ways to say NO
  • Influences & Costs & More



  • Assist students to make responsible, informed decisions
  • Increase knowledge of the facts and laws associated with using illegal substances
  • Change opinions and behaviors by teaching about the dangers of substance abuse
  • Use goal setting to remember one’s value
  • Help youth learn how to recognize and respond to peer pressure
  • Active Listening
  • Stereotyping
  • Myths and Denials
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Stress, Health & Goals
  • Tobacco Basketball and Use Cessation
  • Self-control
  • Marijuana Panel
  • Positive and Negative Thought and Behavior Loops
  • Perspectives
  • Decision-making and Commitment


New tasks and challenges confront parents as their children become teenagers. The move into middle and high school brings increasing demands for both independence and responsibility. Teenagers are expected to make more decisions for themselves. This includes being more self-directed with schoolwork and working out their own beliefs and values about who they are and what they want to do with their lives. Their peers, the media, and adults other than their parents increasingly come to influence their behavior and development.

The Parent Discussion Group focuses on how to work with teens: teens with behavioral and emotional problems; experimenting with alcohol, tobacco or other drugs; struggling at school, and teens who are struggling at home.


Students learn useful tools that promote financial literacy and fiscal responsibility. The instructor will cover detailed information about adolescent brain development and the decision-making process while planning for the future. This 1.5 hour simulation gives high school students a sense of adulthood with income and bills to pay. Each participant is assigned a temporary identity, including occupation, salary, debt, marital status, and children, etc. They visit nine “merchants” in Mad City to choose housing and transportation, and purchase necessities and wants. The goal is to simulate the realities of approaching financial responsibilities.


Life Skills Training is a prevention program for children and young adults between the ages of 14-18. Life Skills training is designed to prevent adolescent tobacco use, marijuana use and violence. These Life Skill courses are broken down weekly. Skills are taught using instruction, demonstration, feedback, reinforcement and practice.

  • Identifying Strengths and Goal Setting

  • Decision Making and Risk Awareness.

  • Stress, Emotional and Anger Management Skills.

  • Effective Communication.

  • Develop Healthy Relationships.


A structured support group for girls from 9-18 years which integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training. It is designed to increase positive connection, strengths, and competence in girls.

 When girls voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment, it strengthens their confidence and self-esteem and encourages them to express themselves more fully and critically think through their behavior and choices. By examining cultural expectations in a safe and supportive setting, girls gain greater awareness of their options and strengthen their ability to make choices that are consistent with their values, interests, and talents.


A strengths-based group approach to promote boys’ and young men’s safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. In this structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build their capacities to find their innate value and create good lives – individually and collectively!

The group format includes warm up activities, a “council” type check in opportunity, experiential activities that address relevant topics, and a reflection and group dialogue component. The focused activities may include group challenges, games, skits or role plays, arts, and so on.


  • competition
  • the male “box”
  • bullying
  • valuing diversity
  • safe expression of emotions
  • defining power from multiple perspectives
  • influences of mentors and role models
  • rejecting violence
  • becoming allies with girls and women
  • mentoring and making a difference with others
  • making safe and healthy decisions for themselves
  • finding and living with value in difficult times

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Youth Options Shasta

Phone 530-244-7194 • Fax (530) 244-4150

1700 Pine Street, Suite 250 •  Redding, CA 96001