Prevention Partners

Prevention Partners

Our direct services programming is made possible through a collaborative partnership between the Mendez Foundation, Hillsborough County Public Schools, The Florida Department of Children and Families and the City of Tampa.

We are eager to share with you our other partners in prevention.

Our direct services programming is made possible through a collaborative partnership between the Mendez Foundation, Hillsborough County Public Schools, The Florida Department of Children and Families, and the City of Tampa.

We are eager to share with you our other partners in prevention.

School District of Cobb County, GA

Hear from Ms. Stuart Bachman, Early Intervention Specialist/Trainer with Cobb County School District in Georgia about their implementation of Too Good for Violence (K-8), Too Good for Drugs & Violence (HS), and Too Good for Drugs & Violence After School Activities.

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Prevention Partners

School District of Cobb County

Ms. Stuart Bachman

Early Intervention Specialist/Trainer

Cobb County, GA

Changes in Student Behavior. "I have really been amazed by how much of the information taught in the programs is retained by the students. Our Kindergarten students will ask me if "we can work on our goals today" weeks after that lesson was taught. Retaining these lessons have impacted the ways they handle situations like conflict, decision making, etc. There were several times when a potential conflict could occur and the students remembered to "stop and think" before they take action. I have also seen this in the older students I work with. I co-facilitated a TGFV 8th grade boys group this year. Over the course of the few months we did the program, I saw the boys use some of the skills learned to walk away from conflicts and control their anger. They also developed greater respect for peers and teachers."

Ease of Use. "All of the TGFD&V programs are extremely easy to use. I have trained counselors, social workers, PE teachers, after-school workers, etc. on the program. Everyone trained was able to teach the curriculum with confidence and ease. I have also encouraged each of my facilitators to bring some of their own experiences, personality, etc. to the lessons taught. I have found that this strengthens the curriculum even more."

Teachers' Reactions to Too Good. "They all enjoy teaching the program and have been really amazed at how much the students enjoy the lessons. At several of our After-School programs, students were only able to participate in the TGFD&V activities after they completed their homework. This worked as a great incentive in getting students on task to finish their work. They were very disappointed if they could not participate that day. We are also currently doing a group for high school students at a community center over the summer. Participation in the TGFD&V program is completely voluntary for these students. I have been so impressed that high school students would come once/week during their summer to participate in the lessons."

Why Character Education is Important. "I believe character education (TGFV) is an invaluable lesson for our students. Unfortunately, many of them are not receiving the guidance they need at home to develop into responsible, moral, and healthy adults. Even students who are fortunate enough to be taught this at home get mixed messages from the media, their peers, and society as a whole. If we can teach some of the components of character education in school, students will have the tools to develop their own healthy beliefs. There is also a great benefit for schools in teaching character education. When students are equipped with the tools to make good choices, the school becomes a more caring, safe, and respectful place. This, in turn, results in better academic performance."

How Too Good is different. "One thing I like about the Too Good programs is that the information taught is relevant to our students. Some of the curriculum I have come across has been outdated and wouldn't apply today. This is not the case with the Too Good curriculum. The biggest difference I have found with the Too Good curriculum is that the lessons are fun, engaging, and interesting. Both teachers and students alike enjoy doing the lessons."

Too Good's Effect on the School Environment. "I really believe the objectives taught in the TGFD&V lessons are invaluable. When students stop and think before they make a decision, are able to control their anger, set goals for themselves, and have respect for themselves and others, the school environment is a better place. Teachers spend less time on discipline and more time on teaching thus leading to better academic performance and a more positive school climate."

School District of Palm Beach County, FL

A conversation between Regina Birrenkott, our Senior Director of Prevention Programming and Suzanne Williams, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Program Coordinator with the School District of Palm Beach County about their implementation of Too Good for Drugs (K-5).

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School District of Palm Beach County

A conversation between Regina Birrenkott, Mendez Foundation, Senior DIrector of Prevention Programming and Suzanne WIlliams, School District of Palm Beach County, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Program Coordinator...

Q. Suzanne, which Too Good program(s) do you implement in Palm Beach County?

A. We teach Too Good for Drugs in more than 70 elementary schools in our district. Over 43,700 students in 71% of the elementary schools in the School District of Palm Beach County received the Too Good for Drugs program in the 2008-2009 school year.

Q. Why Too Good?

A. Because it works!. I love the program and so do the kids! We know it works because we submit 5th grade Pre and Post Surveys and they always show progress and improvement with the prevention topics. We also see and hear the learning first- hand when we observe the classrooms. It's very exciting to see the lessons in action. We also find that everyone is able to do a good job teaching the lessons because they are scripted and well thought out - they're very teacher friendly, or Guidance Counselor friendly, in our case. SInce the program aligns with the Sunshine Standards, it's even more teacher and administrator-friendly.

Q. How long has the School District of Palm Beach County been teaching kids they're too good for drugs?

A. I have personally been coordinating the implementation of the elementary program since 2002. I know the Prevention Center was already using it for a few years before I got here.

Q. Do you have a personal favorite grade level or lesson that you enjoy teaching?

A. Yes, 2nd grade! I always use this grade level to demonstrate the Too Good programs to administrators. Puppets are a wonderful way to engage little kids. The Stop and ThInk song is lot of fun and such an easy way to teach the little ones the decision making component.

Q. Do you have any favorite moments to share?

 

A.Yes! Watch this video!

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Community Alliances and Events

See how we are a part of our community:

For more than 30 years, we have partnered with Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Partner with City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department

Partner with the Hillsborough County Department of Criminal Justice

Presenter of the annual Too Good for Drugs Walk and Kidfest, celebrating Red Ribbon Week held in Tampa

Sponsor of the annual Too Good for Drugs Jr.Gasparilla Distance Classic kids' run held in Tampa

Partner with Parent Teacher Student Association and Students Against Drunk Driving

Licensed Prevention Provider by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Member of the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network.