High School Prevention Curriculum

The Following Programs Are Free Of Charge 

Alcohol & Driving 

This is a program for high school students before they obtain their driver’s license, or newly licensed drivers. The program discusses Pennsylvania laws regarding underage alcohol use and underage driving while intoxicated (DWI), to understand the risks and dangers related to underage use of alcohol and other drugs, and to stress it is the responsibility of the driver to remain sober and concentrate on driving. This innovative program includes the viewing of the DVD, “Stoned Cold II –Aftermath”, as well as, a law enforcement officer directly answering student questions about underage drinking.

Suggested Schedule:

3 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

9th & 10th Grade

Class Action

This program draws upon the social influence theory of behavior change, using interactive, peer-led sessions to explore the real-world legal and social consequences of substance abuse. The evidence-based curriculum allows students to research, prepare, and present mock civil cases involving hypothetical persons harmed because of underage drinking.

Suggested Schedule:

10 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

9th – 12th Grades

Life Skills Training

This is a developmentally appropriate program that improves personal self-management, general social skills, and drug resistance. It has been proven to promote self-esteem, healthy attitudes, and learning skills that will promote healthy and positive development. Included within each lesson is a student guide with informational pieces as well as activities to create a pro-active impact.

Suggested Schedule:

5-15 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

6th – 9th Grades

Leaps & Bounds

This is a curriculum developed in support of the Alberta Learning Program of Studies. This program covers topics related to preventing substance use and gambling problems. The lessons help students focus on improving and practicing healthy behavior, and explore personal goals and role models, benefits of healthy choices, the role of peer influence, and self-esteem. Leaps and Bounds is designed with objectives and activities for a hands-on informative experience.

Suggested Schedule:

6-10 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

7th – 12th Grades

Weeding Things Out

The trust about marijuana begins at the 5th and 6th grade levels and helps younger students develop a fundamental understanding of what addiction is, the difference between drugs and medication, the difference between adult use and use by young people and the very basics of marijuana. The middle and high school age curriculum arms students with basic knowledge about marijuana, the effects on the adolescent brain and other health risks involved in youth use.

Suggested Schedule:

4-5 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

7th & 8th Grades (4 sessions)

Grades:

9th – 12th Grades (5 sessions)

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Opioid Program

This is a PowerPoint presentation designed for students to examine the reasons people turn to opioid use and misuse, and act as investigative reporters to consider the who, what, when, where, why, and how of opioid use and misuse. They will also investigate how the opioid epidemic may be impacting their own community.

Suggested Schedule:

4 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

6th – 12th Grades

RX For Understanding

This is an educational program on prescription drug abuse and misuse that is aligned with the National Health Education Standards and Common Core State Standards. The lessons aim to equip students with the understanding and decision-making skills they need to recognize and avoid the dangers of misusing and abusing prescription drugs.

Suggested Schedule:

10 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

6th – 8th Grades

Resilience For Youth

The Resilience for Youth Program is a social-emotional resilience-based curriculum that teaches skills for increase of academic success and solution for prevention of violence and truancy. This programming utilizes videos, activities, and journals to engage every type of learning style.

Suggested Schedule:

6-8 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

7th – 12th Grades

CATCH 

The CATCH My Breath E-Cigarette and Juul Prevention Program provides students with the skills to resist peer pressure and media influences to try e- cigarettes. The overall goal of the program is to prevent the initiation of e- cigarette use among preteen and teen adolescents through educational strategies such as, social emotional learning, peer-facilitated cooperative learning groups, large group discussions, analysis of mass media, and goal setting.

Suggested Schedule:

4 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

7th – 12th Grades

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 

The NOFAS FASD Education and Prevention Curriculum is a comprehensive, school-based curriculum that addresses many important topics for students beyond Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and what can happen to human development when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol. It teaches about the overall effects that alcohol can have on the body, why some people who drink alcohol become addicted while others do not, and acceptance of all people regardless of individual capabilities or disabilities.

Suggested Schedule:

1 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

7th – 12th Grades

Too Good For Drugs

TGFD is an evidence-based program to promote healthy decision-making and positive, healthy, youth development. TGFD teaches students about goal-setting, decision- making, bonding with others, identifying and managing emotions, and communicating effectively. In addition, the curriculum includes information about the harmful effects of the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs on students’ bodies and minds. The curriculum is engaging and educational, utilizing hands-on activities, such as, group work, games, and role-playing activities. Please note that the Too Good for Drugs program correlates with the Pennsylvania Health Education Content Standards.

Suggested Schedule:

10 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

6th – 8th Grades

To Good For Drugs High School

TGFD High School is an evidence-based program that provides students with the skills they need for academic, social, and life success. Interactive games and activities provide practical guidance on dating and relationships, building healthy friendships, refusing negative peer influence, and discussion of the effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Suggested Schedule:

10 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

9th – 12th Grades

To Good For Violence Social Perspectives High School

This is an evidence-based program that teaches the students how to navigate the challenges of social and academic pressures through making responsible decisions, managing stress and anger, reflecting on personal relationships, and resolving conflict peacefully.

*The Social Perspective program can be partially conducted in conjunction with the Too Good for Drugs High School program for a total of 15 lessons.

Suggested Schedule:

10 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

9th – 12th Grades

Kids Don’t Gamble…Wanna Bet?

This is an innovative program designed to discourage underage gambling and to improve critical thinking and problem solving related to gambling. The curriculum explores age-appropriate, real- world issues associated with games of chance within the context of math, language, health, and social studies.

Suggested Schedule:

5 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

6th – 8th Grades

We Better Know

This is an alcohol, tobacco, other drug, and gambling (ATODG) prevention program that offers interactive hands-on lessons about media influence, the disease of addiction, decision making and refusal skills while also raising student’s awareness of all forms of addiction including gambling.

Suggested Schedule:

5 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

6th – 9th Grades

Stacked Deck

This is an evidence-based PowerPoint problem gambling prevention curriculum that teaches young people to approach life as smart risk-takers and weighing the pros and cons of their actions. The program also discusses the history of gambling, signs and risks of problem gambling, and skills for good decision-making and problem-solving.

Suggested Schedule:

5 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

6th – 12th Grades