About Prevention Science

Preventing Innovation gaps in every community

Prevention Science prioritizes the use of proven scientific methods to prevent social problems such as crime, disease, and poverty rates before they occur. As an organization, our Core Projects are centered around two solutions:


CommU Centers: “Preventing College and Digital Divides”

CommU is a collaboration between communities and universities to provide tuition-free accredited degrees (TADs), especially to low income families and adults. The tuition for TADs are offset by pro-bono professors who volunteer to teach courses. There are now thousands of pro-bono professors online, many from top American colleges and ivy league universities. Higher education presents a prime opportunity for preventing social problems. Yet, most communities and universities do not offer tuition-free post secondary education to all low income families and adults. CommU empowers the most vulnerable members of society to educate themselves out of crime, disease, and poverty. By transforming poorly educated residents into highly skilled productive citizens, CommU changes lives, communities and societies around the globe.


Communities That Care (CTC) Labs: “Preventing Science Gaps”

CTC is a globally renowned best-practice for helping communities galvanize local resources for prevention science and evidence-based programs (EBPs). It has been rigorously tested with randomized control trials (RCT), the gold standard in scientific research methodology. The purpose of a CTC Lab is to empower all colleges and communities to adopt Prevention Science and the CTC model. By tapping into locally abundant resources, each CTC Lab can support the teaching, research, and service needs of their communities. An important benefit of CTC Labs is that it provides Prevention Science Internship opportunities for students and graduates, especially those who struggle with the vestiges of crime, disease, or poverty. This proactive internship opportunity enables colleges to increase their student recruitment, retention, engagement, graduation and employment rates.



About PSC Founder & Executive Director

 Dr. Sam Arungwa

While growing up in an African village, the life dream of Samuel Chibuike Arungwa seemed a world away. It was his deepest desire to become educated, but under the crushing effects of poverty, every day became about basic human survival. It wasn’t until his dreams coincided with those of an American Mormon missionary couple during a chance meeting, whose dreams entailed educating a native of the land they loved. As a result of their commitment and compassion, Sam was given the opportunity to come to America to make his dream of becoming a doctor a reality. Once Dr. Sam received his doctorate degree, he vowed that now is the time to educate the world out of crime, disease and poverty rates. This clear sense of urgency and mission informs his whole life and career. Learn More about Dr. Sam