The Safe and Drug Free Schools and Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program provides opportunities for schools, communities, and families to work together to develop and implement comprehensive programs to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, violence or disruptive behavior among youth. OCDE offers technical assistance, training, and support to school districts in the preparation and implementation of their prevention and intervention programs. Staff development opportunities include program planning, intervention, school policy, curriculum, community involvement, positive alternatives, parent involvement, youth development and evaluation.
Stephan Lambert, the Orange County Department of Education's Prevention Coordinator, has an extensive background working in prevention and positive youth development programs. He currently serves Orange County school districts with prevention support related to tobacco, drugs, alcohol, and bullying among youth. Stephan is a board member of
Orange County Substance Abuse Prevention Network (OCSAPN).