Our Timeline

Our Timeline


An independent evaluation of the Too Good for Drugs school-based prevention education program demonstrates the program’s effectiveness in reducing drug use and increasing protective factors among 6th graders.

CASEL (the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) recognizes Too Good for Violence K-5 as an effective social and emotional learning program.


The Mendez Foundation celebrates the 25th anniversary of the "Too Good for Drugs Walk" with 5,000 children and their families and a host of community partners including Hillsborough County Public Schools, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and the City of Tampa.


Too Good for Drugs and Too Good for Violence are both reviewed and listed on NREPP – SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.


Too Good for Drugs, Too Good for Violence, and Too Good for Drugs & Violence are studied and determined to meet evidence standards for character education intervention by the Institute for Education Studies' What Works Clearinghouse


The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) lists Too Good for Violence on its Model Programs Guide.


The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) lists Too Good for Drugs on its Model Programs Guide to evidenced-based, scientifically-proven programs that can make a difference the lives of children and communities.


Independent evaluations of Too Good for Drugs, Too Good for Violence, Too Good for Drugs & Violence – High School, and Too Good for Drugs and Violence – After School demonstrate the positive effects of these programs on student behavior.




To ring in the new millennium, the Mendez Foundation introduces two exciting new prevention programs. Too Good for Drugs and Violence—High School is an evidence based prevention education program designed to equip high school students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to remain safe and drug-free. Too Good for Drugs and Violence -- Staff Development examines the role teachers play in helping to prevent youth violence and use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Participants learn evidence-based prevention education practices and strategies for keeping students balanced, safe and drug-free.


The Mendez Foundation develops the Too Good for Drugs and Violence -- After-School Activites program, featuring fun, age-specific activities designed to be used in after-school settings, such as recreation centers and Boys and Girls Clubs.


The Mendez Foundation introduces Too Good for Drugs II, a revised, updated version of the popular Too Good for Drugs program. Based on the most current prevention research, Too Good for Drugs II takes our vital prevention message beyond the classroom and into the home and community.


YANKEE DAY! The Mendez Foundation forms a partnership with the New York Yankees...and together they establish an annual event which gives thousands of children from the City of Tampa Recreation Centers the opportunity to enjoy a professional game with the Tampa Yankees.


A Peace-Able Place, our popular violence prevention program, is introduced. Now known as Too Good for Violence, this program meets character education guidelines and teaches children that they have what it takes to resolve conflicts without violence.


President Bill Clinton visits Tampa, Florida, and is presented with an A Peace-Able Place t-shirt from the Mendez Foundation.


The "Summer Parks Program" begins. Through grants from the Govenor's Office and the City of Tampa, the Mendez Foundation brings its message to kids at 18 City of Tampa Recreation Centers, using games, skits and music to teach kids that they are Too Good for Drugs!



The Mendez Foundation initiates the first annual "Too Good for Drugs Walk" in Tampa. This event, which includes many family-oriented activities, has consistently drawn thousands of children and adults every year.


The National Football League forms a cooperative partnership with the Mendez Foundation; 11 NFL teams fund the implementation of Too Good for Drugs in the schools of their respective cities. Over the next several years, Mendez staff travels to these NFL cities to train teachers to implement the program.


Too Good for Drugs becomes available on a national basis; Mendez Foundation trainers begin traveling around the country training teachers to deliver the programs to students.


The Mendez Foundation begins hiring full-time prevention Specialists to deliver Too Good for Drugs in Tampa-area schools.


The Mendez Foundation introduces its first educational drug prevention program, Too Good for Drugs, primarily to serve 6th grade students in Tampa-area schools.


Charles E. Mendez, Jr., becomes President of the Mendez Foundation, continuing and expanding his father's work. In 1975, Charles decides the Mendez Foundation should take a proactive role in addressing the growing drug abuse problem in the United States. Recognizing the need to be focused, he embarks on a program of prevention education targeted initially towards 6th grade children.


Charles E. Mendez, Sr., a Florida businessman, establishes The C.E. Mendez Foundation to support local charitable organizations whose purpose is to help children and families improve their lives.