Substance Use Prevention SEL & Bullying Prevention

After School Activities

Too Good for Drugs & Violence After-School Activities is an extension of the evidence-based Too Good  prevention education programs for the after-school setting. Eight interwoven components including: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Managing Emotions, Bonding and Relationships, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Drug Awareness and Community Involvement.

The program reinforces basic prevention concepts through a variety of positive, age-appropriate activities including games, stories, and songs. Cooperative learning and other experiential learning strategies bring the learning concepts to life and make it easier for the students to adopt and apply them in their daily lives. Activities are grouped by age to sustain student interest and correspond to the child's development level.

More than 60 fun, research-based activities are presented in a three-ring binder making them easy to use and enjoyable to implement.

In addition:

  • A parent/caregiver component, "Home Workout: Exercises for Parents and Kids," takes pro-social skills and healthy attitudes into the home for reinforcement within the family.
  • A "Looking for More?" section after each component is available with suggestions for infusion, recommended reading, videotapes and additional activities for reinforcing important concepts and skills.
  • A pre- and post-test is included.

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After School Activities

The Too Good toolkit includes everything you need to teach the lessons:

  • Teacher’s Manual
  • 5 Music CDs
  • Carmen The Cool Cat & Wagner the Peace-Able Pup Puppets
  • Mac's Choice and Carmen & Wagner Make Friends Picture Books
  • Bully on the Bus Book
  • Make A Friend Poster
  • Goal Boosters Poster
  • Game for Good Health Game Boards, set of 10
  • Aim for the Stars Poster
  • Sandwich Approach to Criticism Poster
  • Feelings Flash Cards
  • Work Together to Work Things Out Poster
  • Bully Cards
  • I-Message Bone and Paws
  • The ART of Taking Criticism Poster
  • Chill Poster
  • I am Too Good for Drugs Pencils Pack of 25
  • Building a Peaceable Place Pencils Pack of 25
  • Bridge Building Cards
  • How to Handle Frustration Cards
  • A Winning Solution Jigsaw Puzzles, set of 8
  • Too Good Fly Swatter
  • A Peaceable Place Globe

Curriculum Features include:

  • 60 research based activities conveniently presented in a three-ring binder, making them easy to use and enjoyable to teach.
  • Interactive lessons beginning with clearly-stated, measurable objectives and a list of materials needed to teach the lesson.
  • A parent component, "Home Workout: Exercises for Parents and Kids," to extend prevention skills and messages into the home.
  • A "Looking for More?" section with suggestions for infusion, recommended reading, and additional activities for reinforcing important concepts and skills.
  • Assessment materials to measure program effectiveness, fidelity of implementation, and student knowledge.
  • Too Good for Drugs logic model including the program's theory of change and the proven strategies incorporated into the lessons.
  • Strategies and methods to build family and school connectedness to reinforce the healthy social and emotional development of the students.

Understanding the Logic Model

The Mendez Foundation developed Logic Models for Too Good to map out the Theory of Change and demonstrate graphically the assumptions that drive the learning and behavior change in Too Good. The logic model communicates an "if-then" message of what changes the program intends to produce. It helps to make the connections among the target group, goals, strategies, objectives and planned program results and lays out what the program is expected to achieve and how it is expected to work.

View Logic Model

Research Design

Each of the Too Good evaluation studies were conducted by third-party researchers and used randomized treatment-control group designs (pre-test/post-test, 20-week post-test, or one-year follow-up). The Researchers examined pre-test equivalence between treatment and control groups; potential bias of loss of student data over time; quality of program implementation; and estimates of reliability and validity of assessment tools.

The award-winning Too Good programs have undergone rigorous, independent evaluation studies to measure their effects on students' skills, attitudes, intentions, and behaviors. Studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national evaluation conferences. These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of Too Good.

Evaluation Studies

2000 Summary 2000 Full Report 2003 Summary 2003 Full Report

2007 Summary 2007 Full Report   2013 Summary

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