About Us

About Us

Living Skills in the Schools is a substance abuse prevention program serving schools throughout Palm Beach County with free programming since 1999. We are licensed by the Department of Children and Families and accredited by CARF

Last school year alone, we reached over 56,000 students in grades Kindergarten through 12, since our inception we have served more than 320,000 students throughout Palm Beach County.

We know that families are worried about their kids and the long-term impact of social isolation on mental health, challenges with coping skills and increased risky behavior.

We want to assist families and help them reduce and prevent substance abuse by teaching kids the skills and perspective they need to resist substance abuse and addiction.

Together, we step in where parents, families, neighborhoods, and schools may be overwhelmed, out of their depth, and lacking resources.

We also hope that it provides resource support when and where your family may need it, ultimately increasing resilience in the next generation.

Meet Dr. Spencer, Ed.D.

Dr. Spencer brings a wealth of experience and expertise in non-profit leadership and for-profit organizations to her career in community organizing and has been recognized for innovations in the field of mental health and addiction. She has served as Chief Executive Officer of Living Skills in the Schools for more than eight years, leading a prevention team in their attainment of record-breaking goals and an organizational turnaround. She has pioneered innovative practices within the health and wellness terrain by mobilizing organizations, community partners, and diverse stakeholders to inform and transform the workplace, workforce, and community.

Dr. Spencer is the visionary behind other not-for-profit programs such asĀ Project Trailblazer, What Happens After Narcan, and SUDTALKS, thus advancing the national dialogue on our public health crisis and opioid epidemic and the creator of the Family Box for Substance abuse Prevention.