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Vita Education Services
8 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Vita Education Services is the lead adult literacy agency in Bucks County and the largest provider of education programs in the Bucks County Correctional Facilities.

Vita’s programs are available throughout the County and free to the public. These include basic literacy, GED/HiSET preparation, Family Literacy classes, and extensive programs in English as a Second Language (ESL).

Programs in the criminal justice system include Decisions for Living, a cognitive behavioral skills programs offered in the correctional facilities; Jobs Readiness; literacy and GED preparation; Decisions For Change for adults on probation or parole; and CareerLink® employment workshops. 

Vita’s programs are taught by both professional instructors and well-trained volunteers.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)

Collaborative effort by DARE certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents, and community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among children and youth; helps students recognize and resist many direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, or other drugs, or to engage in violence; promotes bonding to family, school, and community; emphasizes strategies focusing on development of social competence, communication skills, self-esteem, empathy, decision making, conflict resolution, sense of purpose and independence, and positive alternative activities.
Police officers teach weekly classroom lessons in grades 5 or 6 with suggested extended activities that can be integrated into other instruction by the classroom teacher; includes parent education and parent outreach and support.
Call your local police department or school for more information.

Project MEDS (Medication Education Designed for Seniors)
Bucks County Area Agency on Aging
30 East Oakland Avenue
Doylestown, PA 18901


Half hour education program presented by senior volunteers about the misuse of prescribed and over-the-counter medication; free literature and other helpful items for participants; collaborative effort involving RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc., and TODAY, Inc.
8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.


Adventure Challenge (ACE)
Youth Services Agency of Bucks County, Inc.
The Barn - Neshaminy Manor Center
Doylestown, PA 18901

Fax: 215-343-5995

Indoor and outdoor challenging activities for youth, including climbing walls, ropes courses, and other related activities; locations vary, and include The Barn at Neshaminy Manor Center and Nockamixon State Park; stressful challenge activities in a social setting to produce positive feelings, social bonding, and self-esteem.
9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday (call for information and reservations).
$5 per hour per person; group discounts available.

P.O. Box 908
Newtown, PA 18940

Fax: 215-968-4742
Email: todayinc@erols.com

* Adventure Based Activities for Youth: programs based on needs of group, including ropes courses and other outdoor activities to foster personal responsibility, sound decision making, trust building, positive risk taking and overcoming fear. Programs using ropes courses are held on TODAY's grounds; other activities can be brought to another site.
* Adventure Based Staff Development: time-adjusted training is appropriate for in-service instruction; components can be customized to address specific needs of your staff and could include activities based on cooperation, risk taking, bonding, team work, responsibility and healthy competition. Can be held indoors or outdoors, at your location or at TODAY, Inc.
Call for more information 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday .
Sliding fee scale.

Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation

Bucks County Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities
Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22
705 Shady Retreat Road
Doylestown, PA 18901

215-348-2940 ext 1441
1-800-770-4822 ext 1441
Fax: 215-340-1964                

Continuum of Conflict: Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, and Peer Mediation; each of these three programs is for teachers who want their students to have better ways of handling everyday conflicts other than physical fighting, name-calling, complaining to the teacher, or simply withdrawing; students become aware of their choices in conflict situations and learn how to approach the conflict in their lives with greater confidence and independence.
* Anger Management: K through 12th student training is ten one hour sessions with enhanced training and support as needed; faculty training is ½ day with ongoing support as needed.
* Conflict Resolution: K through 12th student training is ten one hour sessions with enhanced training and support as needed; faculty training is one day with ongoing support.
* Peer Mediation: 6th through 12th student training is two days with ongoing support and enhanced training; faculty training is two days with ongoing support.
8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Fees may be covered by existing grants; call for information.

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.
Bailiwick Office Campus
252 West Swamp Road Unit 12
Doylestown, PA 18901

Fax: 215-348-3377

* Conflict Resolution & Reclaiming the Classroom: for school personnel to learn techniques and strategies to prevent and manage conflict and implement problem solving socialization skills.
$275 or $325 per person for 3-day or 4-day training, respectively.
* Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation: two hour program provides an overview of conflict/peer mediation for parents of elementary school children.
$150 for up to 50 participants (includes materials)
* Peer Helper/Conflict Manager Training: experiential three-day training of trainers to provide school personnel with skills to train students for a peer helper program; cost same as first program listed.
* Working It Out: Tools for Everyday Peacemakers: ten session program for children to learn the skills for working well with others and settling their differences using a conflict management program.
$1000 for up to 20 participants (includes materials).
9:00am to 5:00pm; Monday to Friday.

The Peace Center
102 West Maple Avenue
Langhorne, PA 19047

Email: bsimmons@thepeacecenter.org
Website: www.thepeacecenter.org

* Conflict Resolution: Half-day and full-day workshops offered to community groups, businesses, and the general public on managing conflict, cultural diversity, negotiating with difficult people; workshops on Peaceful Parenting also offered. $30 to $60 per person; workshops require minimum of 10 participants.
* Peer Mediation: Three days of training (15 hours) for up to 25 students and four to five school staff; training can take place on or off site. Technical assistance provided for the staff coordinators; a two hour overview provided for the entire school staff. Contact for pricing.

Penn State Cooperative Extension - Bucks County
Neshaminy Manor Center
Doylestown, PA 18901

Fax: 215-343-1653
Email: bucksext@psu.edu

"Talking with TJ" Series is designed especially to support the work of national youth organizations in working with children in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades; six workshops, each with a short video, focus on managing anger, respecting other people and communicating; participation in two-hour orientation is recommended for teachers and group leaders to become familiar with lesson plans and materials; developed through collaborative effort of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 4-H, and Girls Scouts of the U.S.A.
8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.