Substance Use Prevention SEL & Bullying Prevention

Too Good for Drugs & Social Perspectives - Grade 7

Too Good for Drugs & Social Perspectives in Grade 7 lays the groundwork for for safe and drug-free living through a fun, interactive journey of setting reachable goals, communicating effectively, making responsible decisions, build pro-social relationships and make healthy choices.

This bundle of Too Good for Drugs and TGFV-Social Perspectives includes all three lesson units for Grade 7 including the core Self-efficacy and Interpersonal Skills Development Unit, Substance Use Prevention Unit, and Violence Prevention Unit in a single 15 lesson adaptation.

In “Let’s Make a Friend,” students help the new student, Vanessa, choose a friend with the most healthy friendship qualities out of a pool of three candidates. Survey says that students who associate with others with healthy qualities are more likely to avoid risky behaviors, make healthy decisions, and stay focused on reaching their goals.

Interactive, cooperative learning activities bring the learning to life and immerse the students in their skills development. In Drone Zone, the students flex their effective communication muscles to help their friend pilot a drone to the right house in the neighborhood, and the students visit the Anger Outlet to practice their deescalating strategies when things get frustrating.

Home Workouts and cross-curricular activities follow each lesson so students can practice and apply the concepts developed in each lesson at home and with their peers.

Curriculum Kits are available in two sizes.

  • Standard Curriculum Kit - for classrooms of up to 24 students. 
  • Large Curriculum Kit - for classrooms of up to 30 students. 

Additional Student Workbooks are sold separately. Scroll down the page to view replenishment products.

Implementation with Web-based Resources

Some of the curriculum resources in this Too Good program are hosted and disseminated through the Too Good Lesson Resource Center. Once you have purchased your curriculum kit, we will contact you to assist you in establishing your account in the Lesson Resource Center.

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2019 Edition


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

  • Teacher Manual
  • 30 Student Workbooks
  • Goal Setting Model Poster
  • Decision Making Model Poster
  • Alcohol is Alcohol Poster
  • Al K. Hol Poster and Accessories
  • Communication Banner and Communication Role Accessories
  • Role Play Script Sets
  • Peer Refusal Strategy Cards
  • Healthy, Alcohol, and Marijuana Brain Scan Display Cards
  • Goal for It Game
  • Toxic Concentration Game
  • Drone Zone Game
  • Goal Get 'em! Game
  • Anger Outlet Activity Cards
  • Work It Out Activity Cards
  • Drone Zone Activity Cards
  • Be Yourself Bingo Quality Cards
  • Endgame Card Activity Cards
  • Game Pawns and One Die
  • Glue Dots

Curriculum Features include:

  • Scripted Design - Fifteen 50-minute fully scripted, research-based lessons conveniently presented in a tabbed spiral-bound book, making them easy to use and enjoyable to teach.
  • Comprehensive Lesson Planner with clearly-stated, measurable objectives, topic rationale, and allotted activity times.
  • Lesson Resource Pack with Activity Visual Displays, Activity Instructions, Home Workouts, and Evaluation Instruments in a downloadable for display or print format.
  • Parent Component - “Home Workout: Exercises for Adults and Kids,” to extend prevention skills and messages into the home.
  • Looking for More? - Each lesson includes cross-curricular lesson extenders with suggestions for infusion, recommended reading, and additional activities for reinforcing important concepts and skills.
  • Assessment Materials to measure student outcomes and process outcomes including implementation effectiveness and fidelity of implementation as well as student knowledge, attitudes, and behavior.
  • Comprehensive Pre-Delivery Training Component covering Character Education and Normative Education concepts, Fidelity of Implementation, as well as guidance for facilitating discussions about more complex lesson topics.
  • 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 connections to reinforce the healthy social and emotional development of the students.

                                             Lessons Brochure

 Lessons Overview                      RTI / PBIS Alignment            Lessons Sample           Lessons Sample

Comprehensive Prevention Education

Too Good for Drugs and A Peaceable Place together form a universal substance use prevention, violence prevention, and character education program series that promotes the development of the skills, attitudes, and behaviors consistent with positive, pro-social living to encourage healthy emotions management and actions, resistance to substance use and medicine misuse, respect between peers, and self-awareness and social awareness to foster supportive and respectful learning environments.

Too Good offers developmentally appropriate curricula for Kindergarten through High School. Each grade level builds on previous levels developing the skills sequentially with engaging, age-appropriate lessons and activities.

Mitigates Risk Factors and Builds Protective Factors

Too Good focuses on the risk factors and negative social norms that can be positively affected in the classroom: favorable attitudes toward substance use, violence, and other problem behaviors and friends who engage in problem behavior.

Too Good builds protection within the student by:

  • Providing opportunities for pro-social involvement
  • Establishing positive norms including healthy beliefs and clear standards
  • Promoting bonding to pro-social peers
  • Increasing self-efficacy and interpersonal skills
  • Establishing No-Use Norms

Too Good uses skill development to mitigate the risks associated with problem behaviors including:

  • Poor Social Skills
  • Peer Rejection
  • Inappropriate Social Behaviors
  • Favorable Attitudes Toward Drug Use
  • Low Perception of Harm
  • Friends Who Engage In Problem Behaviors

Strengths-Based Skills Development

TGFDV introduces and develops self-efficacy and interpersonal skills linked with healthy development and academic success to promote self-awareness and social awareness:

  • Setting Reachable Goals
  • Making Responsible Decisions
  • Identifying and Managing Emotions
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Bonding with Prosocial Peers

Additional skills development and application concepts built into the course to promote positive social development and resistance to substance use:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Anger Management
  • Respect for Self and Others
  • Identifying and Managing Bullying Situations
  • Problem Solving
  • Stress Management
  • Peer Pressure Refusal
  • Safe Use of Medicines
  • Effects of Alcohol on the Brain and Body
  • Effects of Nicotine on the Brain and Body

Develops Core Character Traits

TGFDV promotes character development by strengthening nine character traits:

  • Caring
  • Cooperation
  • Courage
  • Fairness
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Self-discipline
  • Integrity

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 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.

TGFV Logic Model          TGFD 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.

2000 Research Report 

2000 Summary     2000 Full Report  

2001 Research Report 

2001 Summary     2001 Full Report 

2003 Research Report 

2003 Summary     2003 Full Report 


2003 Summary     2003 Full Report 

2005 Research Report 

2005 Summary     2005 Full Report 

2007 Research Report

2007 Summary     2007 Full Report  

2013 Research Report

2013 Summary     2013 Full Report

Organization/AgencyTGFD K-8TGFV K-8TGFD&V High School
What Works Clearinghouse: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education SciencePositive effects on behavior
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Positive effect on behavior & knowledge, attitudes & values
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Positive effect on behavior & knowledge, attitudes & values
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CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional LearningNot Yet RatedElementary SELect Program
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Not Yet Rated
NREPP: National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs & PracticesReviewed evaluation
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Reviewed evaluation
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Reviewed evaluation
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CEBC: California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Child WelfareTGFD Grade 6 
Scientific Rating 2 - Supported by Evidence
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Not Yet RatedNot Yet Rated
OJJDP: Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency PreventionPromising program
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Exemplary program
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Exemplary program
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Promising Practices Network: Programs that WorkScreened program
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Screened program
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Screened program
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SAMHSA: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Model programModel programModel program


Too Good programs have earned recognition and acclaim for their impact in promoting safer and healthy youth and communities. 

  • Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association's (FADAA) Best Practices Award
  • The American Medical Association's National Congress on Adolescent Health
  • The President's Child Safety Partnership
  • Southeast Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities Shining Star Award
  • Our programs received a high rating in "Drug Strategies"

Other Recognition

Recognition for Too Good for Drugs™ in Drug Strategies "Making the Grade": "Some very strong elements in this very detailed, 10 session per year curriculum. Provides developmentally appropriate information about alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. Normative education activities creative and compelling, new ideas for games. Includes no-use pledge."

Recognition for Too Good for Violence in Drug Strategies "Safe Schools, Safe Students": "A delightful package of materials (that) complements this highly interactive 4-9 session program. Strongly focused on critical skill areas. Extremely detailed instructions for teachers. Very complete."

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