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Current Programs

Elementary School Programs

Too Good For Violence

Grade Level: K-6th

Program Length: 7 lessons 30-60 minutes

A bullying prevention program, Too Good For Violence, uses four interwoven concepts– conflict resolution, anger management respect for self and others, and effective communication– to offer a caring approach to bullying/violence prevention.


Too Good For Drugs

Grade level: K-6th

Program length: 10 lessons, 30-40 minutes

Too Good For Drugs is a prevention program designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among students. Objectives of the program are: goal setting, decision making, bonding with pro-social others, identifying and managing emotions and communicating effectively.


Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum

Grade Level– Pre-K

Program Length: 26 lessons. 30 minutes

Second Step is designed to promote social competence and reduce social and emotional problems by teaching children skills in the core areas of empathy, emotion management (impulse control, emotion regulation, anger management), and social problem solving.


Wanna Bet?

Grade Level: 3rd-8th

Program Length: 5 Lessons, 40 minutes

Wanna Bet? Is an interdisciplinary program designed to discourage underage gambling through improved critical thinking and problem solving. Students will have the opportunity to explore the real-world issue associated with games of chance within the context of math, language, science, health and social studies.


Botvin’s Life Skills Training

Grade Level: 3rd-8th

Program Length: 5-15 lessons, 30 minutes

Life Skills Training is a comprehensive, highly rated program addressing a combination of health information, general life skills and drug resistance skills. It is designed to be taught for a three year span: first year-15 class periods, second year-10 class periods, third year-5 class periods.


Middle School Programs

Too Good For Violence

Grade Level: 7th-8th

Program Length: 9 lessons, 40 minutes

A bullying prevention program that teachers strong character-based skills, attitudes and behaviors. Kids develop skills for conflict resolution, anger management, respect for self and others, and effective communication– keys to social-emotional intelligence.


Too Good For Drugs

Grade Level: 7th-8th

Program Length: 10 Lessons,   40 minutes

A prevention program that provides facts about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs– facts that help kids set goals and make good decisions   that contribute to their health and well-being. Program activities give kids skills for managing emotions, communicating effectively, making positive friendships, countering social influences, analyzing media messages and refusing peer pressure.


Reconnecting Youth

Grade Level: 7th-12th  Program Length: 20 Lessons, 40 minutes. Reconnecting Youth is designed to be used with at-risk students. It has been proven to decrease drug involvement, increase school performance, decrease drop-out rate and decrease emotional stress. The goals of Reconnecting Youth are to enhance self-esteem, decision making, personal control and interpersonal communication.


High School Programs

Too Good For Drugs and Violence

Grade Level: 9th-12th Program Length: 10 Lessons, 40 minutes. This program expands drug prevention education to deal with issues prevalent in this age group. In addition, it builds skills for decision making, communication, media literacy and conflict resolution, as well as making and maintaining healthy relationships.


Tobacco Education Group  (TEG)

Grade Level: 9th-12th

Program Length: 8 Lessons, 40-50 minutes.

The Tobacco Education Group is a positive alternative to suspension for those caught using tobacco on school property or at school-sponsored events. The program involves lectures, videos, demonstrations, discussions, problem solving and cooperative learning strategies.


Improving Your Odds

Grade Level: 9th-12th

Program Length: 6 Lessons, 40 minutes

Improving Your Odds was designed to allow students to explore the role of gambling in our society and their lives. Students will learn about the risks and consequences of gambling as well as examine their own attitudes, feelings  and opinions around the decision to gamble or not to gamble.


After School Programs

Grow Girls/Boys Only

Grade Level: 5th-7th

Program Length: 6-8 lessons, 45 minutes

Grow Girls/Boys Only are self-esteem building programs that help to encourage empowerment and resiliency. The positive messages  and lessons target substance abuse.


The Choices Program

The  Choices Program for teens in Fulton and Montgomery Counties is an innovative ten-week program offering adventure-based  group activities. It gives teens the opportunity to build strong personal and interpersonal skills that will help them achieve their goals and enhance their well-being.


Strengthening Families

Grade Level: PreK-8th

Program Length: 4-5 sessions, 2 hours

Strengthening Families is a parenting skills, children’s life skills, and family skills program. Parents/caregivers and youth meet separately for the first half, break for a meal and then spend the second half together in family activities.


Other Programs

Prime For Life

Program Length: Flexible, minimum 6 sessions

Prime for Life is a risk reduction program directed toward high school and incarcerated youth and adults who have poor social skills. It addresses value clarification, ATOD health and impairment problems. Also, it encourages self-assessment and personal planning for the future.


Gambling Away The Golden years

Target Audience: Senior Citizens

Program Length: Single Session, 1 hour

Gambling Away the Golden Years is designed to discuss with senior citizens the risk of gambling. The program addresses the stages of compulsive gambling as an addiction, the signs of  a gambling problem and the stages of recovering from a gambling addiction.


The Butt Stops Here

Program Length: 7 sessions, 60 minutes

The Butt Stops Here is an award winning, evidence-based group tobacco cessation program.


Victim Impact Panel (VIP)

Victim Impact Panel are offered in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. The Panels are available for those mandated by the court to attend because of a DWI charge or other alcohol-related infraction. These panel discussions are also open to the public.


Alcohol, Other drugs, and Problem Gambling

Program Length: Varies

The HFM Prevention Council has many resources and information on alcohol, other drugs and problem gambling. The Council will work with your organization to devise a workshop that fits your needs.


High Disguise

Program Length: 1 hour

This program is geared toward parents and other caring adults in the community. The presentation gives participants the opportunity to explore a mock teen bedroom. Participants will search for hidden drugs and paraphernalia, while learning about concealment methods and drug culture references. This will be followed with an in-depth discussion about the room and current trends. An opportunity for questions and answers will follow.

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