School-Based Programs

Aiming High (Grades k-8)

The Aiming High Program is a comprehensive substance abuse and violence prevention program that utilizes the evidence-based Too Good for Drugs and Violence (TGFDV) curriculum and Botvin LifeSkills Training. Beginning in Kindergarten, each grade level has its own series of developmentally appropriate lessons incorporating real-world challenges youth face in school and beyond. Through fun and interactive lessons, songs, puppets, games, pictures, activities, and role-plays students learn new skills and information promoting pro-social skills and positive character traits. Aiming High helps children to grow up confident and strong by helping them learn how their choices affect their health and well-being and giving kids the tools they need to live a healthy life by realizing they are too good for drugs and violence.

Be You (Columbiana County)

Be You is a character building /Life Skills Program for 7th and 8th grade girls. Small group lessons include, Respect for Self and Others; Self-Image and Self-Improvement, Teen Dating Violence; Bonding and Relationships; Effective Communication; and Coping With Stress.

Dangers of Vaping

Our prevention educators hold 1-2 hour assemblies to present the dangers of vaping, marijuana use as it relates to vaping, and the basics of addiction science. Schools may choose a large assembly approach or smaller classroom sizes. The program utilizes the evidence-based Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) curriculum to provide students with factual information about the risks and effects of marijuana use and CATCH My Breath, which is a best-practices youth E-cigarette and JUUL prevention program developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The program provides up-to-date information to teachers, parents, and health professionals to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about the use of E-cigarettes, including JUUL devices. Through fun and interactive lessons, games, pictures, and activities students learn accurate facts and information about marijuana and/or e-cigarettes and their harmful effects.

Youth Coalition

Youth in grades 9th through 12th serve as peer leaders and share their perspective on the priority substances of concern and provide feedback on how they feel strategies incorporated within their schools will actually impact youth. Youth Coalition meetings are held monthly for members to plan activities for their school throughout the school year. The various campaigns/activities listed above take place throughout the year to focus on community outreach and providing youth with knowledge and awareness of the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, mental health awareness as well as safe driving practices.