Too Good For Drugs

Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) is a classroom evidenced based program for kindergarten through 12th grade that builds on students’ resiliency by teaching them how to be socially competent and autonomous problem solvers. Program can be implemented in school or community settings.

The program is designed to benefit everyone in the school by providing needed education in social and emotional competencies and by reducing risk factors and building protective factors that affect students in these age groups. TGFD focuses on developing personal and interpersonal skills to resist peer pressures, goal setting, decision making, bonding with others, having respect for self and others, managing emotions, effective communication, and social interactions.

The program also provides information about the negative consequences of drug use and the benefits of a nonviolent, drug free lifestyle. TGFD has developmentally appropriate curricula for each grade level through 8th grade, with a separate high school curriculum for students in grades 9 through 12. The K-8 curricula each include ten (10) weekly, 30 to 60 minute lessons, and the high school curriculum includes fourteen (14) weekly, 60 minute lessons plus 12 optional, 1-hour “infusion” lessons designed to incorporate and reinforce skills taught in the core curriculum through academic infusion in subject areas such as English, social studies, and science/health.

Ideally, implementation begins with all school personnel (e.g., teachers, secretaries, janitors) participating in a 10-hour staff development program, which can be implemented either as a series of 1-hour sessions or as a 1- or 2-day workshop.

Too Good for Drugs is a companion program to Too Good for Violence (TGFV), reviewed by NREPP separately. At the high school level, the
programs are combined in one volume under the name Too Good for Drugs & Violence High School.

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