• Research-Based Drug and Violence Prevention Programs


    The Steps to Respect:
    Bullying Prevention Program training will teach participants to respond effectively to bullying in schools and to implement the Steps to Respect program system wide. The training sessions include the following topics: identifying bullying behaviors, handling bullying reports, coaching students in bullying situations, and teaching the Steps to Respect program to students.

    Target Audience: Grades 3, 4, 5

    Second Step: Violence Prevention is a research-based violence prevention curriculum. The program is designed to reduce impulsive and aggressive behavior in children by increasing their social competency skills.
    Students learn to identify and predict the feelings of others and to provide an appropriate emotional response, as well as learn problem-solving and communication skills, with a focus on how to handle and solve interpersonal conflict. Additionally, students learn techniques for reducing stress and channeling angry feelings into constructive problem solving

    Target Audience: Grades Pre-K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


    Second Step: Student Success Through Prevention is designed to decrease aggression, bullying, and substance abuse and to increase students’ social skills and school-related success. The currisulum incorporates a variety of teaching strategies, including group discussion; individual, partner, and group activities; and interactive exercises, games, and skill practice. Lesson content and learning strategies align with academic and life-skills standards. Lessons include ideas for integrating skills into language arts, social studies, health/science, and media literacy.

    Target Audience: Grades 6, 7, 8

    Life Skills Training is a substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. Rather than merely teaching information about the dangers of drug abuse, Life Skills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities.

    Target Audience: Grades 6, 7, 8, 9

    N-O-T on TOBACCO (NOT) training is a voluntary program designed to help high school students stop smoking, reduce the number of cigarettes smoked, increase healthy lifestyle behaviors, and improve life management skills. N-O-T on Tobacco emphasizes daily life management skills, such as stress management, and healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as nutrition and exercise. It also offers awards and incentives to the teens and facilitators, and includes evaluation and mental health referral protocols.

    Target Audience: Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

    Here’s Looking at You 2000 helps prevent substance abuse by giving students the information they need to make healthy decisionis, helping students develop skills to refuse drugs and alcohol and maintain healthy relationships with peers and adults, and focusing on the importance of bonding with family, peers, and community as a means to coping with stress. The program presents a clear "no use" message, targets "gateway" drugs, relates directly to young people’s real-life experiences, and accommodates diversity.

    Target Audience: Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

    Get Real About Violence (GRAV) is a research-based prevention program that addresses a wide range of violence behavior in students - from bullying and verbal aggression at early grade through fighting and social exclusion at middle grades to relationship abuse and assaults that can occur in later grades. GRAV places emphasis on enlisting the support of bystanders, changing violent norms, teaching social skills, and building communication and partnership between adults and youth to stop violence.

    Target Audience: Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

    Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) is a program for safely managing disruptive and aggressive behavior. The three hour training focuses on de-escalating angry or aggressive students therefore preventing crisis situations. Participants will also learn how to handle dangerous situations.

    Target Audience: school staff

    All Stars is a school and community based curriculum that focuses on delaying and preventing high-risk behaviors, which include substance use, violence, and premature sexual activity. The program reinforces positive qualities and promotes positive ideals, positive norms, strong personal commitments, and bonding.

    Target Audience: middle school (faith-based organizations)