Prevention Programs

Are you looking for support for your children and family?

Ask us about:

Project Friend
This program brings community members of all ages together. Participants are matched according to age, gender, personality and interests. Meetings are held where pairs build a relationship through various activities such as arts, crafts, games and discussion.

Follow this link for more information or fill out an online registration form to be considered for this year's program.

Here's what past participants and their parents have to say about Project Friend:

“Project Friend is an incredible program that fosters strong, long lasting friendships. My little friend brightened my life, taught me so much about the world, and helped me grow as a person. I love it.”

--Older Friend 

“This program has been great for my son. He has social anxiety and usually has a hard time in structured activities. Getting together with friends just to have fun was highly beneficial for him. His Big Friend is an excellent role model. Thanks!”

--Parent of Younger Friend

To see what Project Friend is all about, click here to view actual footage from the program!

Mental Health Awareness Month
The goal of Mental Health Awareness Month, which is held every May, is to raise awareness about mental illness and to reduce the stigma that surrounds it. During this month, we strive to educate the community about the importance of mental health and how it affects us all.

This year, SYFS is bringing the museum-quality photo-text traveling exhibit called Nothing to Hide. This exhibit featuring photographs and interviews with families whose lives are affected by mental illness and the compelling accounts demonstrate strength, courage, integrity and accomplishment in the face of the adversity and stigma of mental illness. By bringing visibility to these individuals and their families, Nothing to Hide helps dispel harmful stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions about mental illness. Look for pieces of this exhibit around Southborough during the month of May and join us for a culminating event at the end of the month to celebrate the importance of decreasing stigma and increasing awareness. Details to follow.

To get involved in this, please contact Shannon at

Southborough Unplugged
This initiative is an effort to remind members of the Southborough community to take some time to unplug from electronics and technology in order to connect with each other and the world around them. Throughout the year, watch for announcements about events and activities that emphasize this idea.

Stress Management Class
SYFS staff and graduate-level interns will be offering 10-week stress managment classes at each of the schools. Topics discussed will include:

  • Development of coping skills
  • Building a new relationship with stress
  • Time management
  • Achieving success and reaching goals at school and home
  • Creating positive peer relationships

Discussion will help create a trusting environment for the students to get to know each other and share their personal experiences. The curriculum for each class will be tailored to the age group and needs of participants.

You can find details about the stress management class and how to get involved in it here.