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Building Belonging

The Building Belonging curriculum creates a sense of community among young people, helps develop their social and emotional skills, and supports restorative practices for grades 6-12.

​Fast Track

The Fast Track Prevention Project is a comprehensive, ten-year-long intervention program for children and teens. At-risk children, who teachers and parents have rated as aggressive and disruptive, begin the program in first grade and continue until the end of tenth grade. It is conducted in school, after school, and in the homes of the children. Fast Track is designed to reduce conduct problems and improve academic, behavioral, and social outcomes.

Healthy Alternatives for Little Ones (HALO)

The wire-bound Program Guide and accessories offer fun and educational activities for children and child care professionals. Twelve units focus on strengthening the child’s sense of self, developing appropriate self esteem, recognizing and expressing feelings, understanding family roles, identifying body organs and learning the effects of healthy and harmful choices. These units present important information that is easily understood by young children. Activities supplied in each unit reinforce the unit themes. The HALO program is available in English and Spanish and can easily be used in any child care setting.

Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence

Lions Quest is a SEL program with a focus on: positive behavior, connection to school, character education, anti-bullying, drug/alcohol/tobacco awareness, and service-learning.  The goal of Lions Quest is to use comprehensive youth development to help children grow in a positive direction, free from the dangers of drugs and violence and able to make positive decisions. 

On Applebee Pond

On Applebee Pond is a research-based curriculum designed by the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission, Inc. In designing and developing the “On Applebee Pond” prevention curriculum Mercer County used as its foundation the prevention research that supports the identifying of risk factors and the strengthening of resiliency factors in children. OAP curriculum is targeted for pre-school, elementary and junior / senior high school students. OAP is designed as a cross-age teaching mechanism as the secondary level student facilitates the program which aids the pre-school and elementary age child in developing positive life skills. This puppet based program affords the opportunity to engage the students in prevention education simultaneously.

Peace Works: Peacemaking Skills for Little Kids

Peace Works: Peacemaking Skills forLittle Kids is designed to promote conflict resolution skills with students in prekindergarten through second grade. The implementation structure and number of activities varies by grade, with a range of 30-85 activities available. Scripted lessons and activities cover topics such as listening skills and cooperation, using “I-care language,” understanding and managing emotions, and taking responsibility. The program provides teachers with many strategies for infusing aspects of the program throughout the classroom and within core academic content areas. It also offers additional components for school-wide programs and partnering with families.

Project SUCCESS

Project SUCCESS’ proven methodology creates the social context* needed for young adults’ development toward success, combining time, support and access with program experiences offered through the arts, expeditions and certificates. Our curriculum is delivered in workshops conducted monthly for each student in every school in their English/Language Arts classrooms, and is incorporated into each of our activities outside of class throughout the year — all facilitated by trained, professional and diverse staff who stay with students as they move through grades, developing supportive relationships with students, their families and teachers along the way.

Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS)

The PromotingAlternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) program promotes peaceful conflict resolution, emotion regulation, empathy, and responsible decision making. PATHS is designed for use in prekindergarten through sixth grade, with separate sets of lessons for first through fourth grade and combined sets of lessons for use in preschool and kindergarten and in fifth and sixth grade. Each lesson is scripted, beginning with an introduction that states background and goals, implementation guidelines, suggestions for engaging parents, a list of common questions and answers, supplementary activities (some of which connect to academics), and/or family handouts. Each lesson ends with reminders and suggestions for generalizing learned skills beyond the lesson to the classroom. PATHS lessons incorporate a variety of cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness is a skills promotion program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The elementary school edition uses free-standing lessons to promote social and emotional learning. The program is framed around 12 Kindness Concepts: assertiveness, caring, compassion, fairness, gratitude, integrity, helpfulness, perseverance, respect, responsibility, self-care, and self-discipline. These concepts are presented in ways that are differentiated for each grade to account for students’ developmental levels. In addition, each lesson includes tips for how to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners. The program also includes kindness “tool kits” with additional activities teachers can use to support and scaffold student learning.

Sanford Harmony

SanfordHarmony is a skills promotion program that uses free-standing lessons to promote social and emotional learning for students in PreK through sixth grade. Lessons are combined as grade bands for PreK and K, first and second grade, and fifth and sixth grade. Grades three and four have lessons for those specific grades and are not combined as a grade band. Each grade/grade band includes approximately 20 lessons.

The program consists of five units or focus themes: diversity and inclusion, empathy and critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and peer relationships. These focus themes are presented in ways that are differentiated for each grade/grade band to account for students’ developmental levels. In lower elementary, lessons include storybooks focus on core themes. Games are provided for upper elementary levels.

Second Step

Second Step provides instruction in social and emotional learning with units on skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, friendship skills, and problem solving. The program contains separate sets of lessons for use in PreK through eighth grade implemented in 22 to 28 weeks each year. The Early Learning program in Second Step also includes a unit for transitioning to kindergarten. Second Step uses four key strategies to reinforce skill development: brain builder games (to build executive function), weekly theme activities, reinforcing activities, and home links. Teachers are encouraged to give children daily opportunities to practice. Second Step also connects new skills to other areas in the curriculum (e.g., literacy, arts, dramatic arts) and provides a structure for each day of the week. The first day contains a script and main lesson. The second day includes a story and discussion. The third and fourth days involve practice activities in small and large groups. On the fifth day students read a book connected to the overall unit theme, and teachers send home a “Home Link” activity that gives students an opportunity to practice new skills with their caregivers.

Steps to Respect

Steps to Respect is a school-wide program designed for use in third through sixth grade. Implementation occurs in three phases:  school administrators take stock of their school environment and bullying issues; then all adults in the building are trained; and finally classroom-based lessons are taught. The program provides 11 classroom lessons with two additional literature units that contain multiple lessons in each. These lessons focus on topics such as how to make friends, understanding and recognizing feelings, and dealing with bullying. Optional extension activities are provided at the end of each lesson for social and emotional skill areas as well as academic content areas. Family handouts are also provided for each lesson. Steps to Respect attempts to “eliminate any visibility of differences” so the materials can be applicable to a variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds and can span a longer period of time and relevance. All images are represented in black and white, and the lessons incorporate a variety of cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

​Too Good for Drugs & Violence

Too Good forDrugs and Violence High School program has Lessons foster analysis and discussion of the effects of ATOD use as well as prescription and OTC drug use and various nicotine delivery devices. Students also analyze the impact of social media on decision making, reaching goals, and self identity.

Students learn how to navigate the challenges of social and academic pressures like making responsible decisions, managing stress and anger, reflecting on personal relationships, and resolving conflicts. The lessons use collaborative and experiential learning strategies to help students practice the skills proven to prevent violence and other risky behaviors.

Too Good for Violence

Too Good for Violence is a violence prevention and character education program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade that teaches character-based skills such as respect, celebrating diversity, and understanding feelings and actions. The curriculum consists of seven scripted lessons that take 30-60 minutes EACH to implement. Infusion activities that integrate social and emotional skills with academic content areas are also provided in addition to recommended readings, videos, and home activities to be completed with parents or caregivers. Family and community involvement is emphasized, and suggested activities and recommendations for teachers are provided.