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Youth Prevention Education

360 Youth Services implements the Too Good For Drugs (TGFD) evidence-based drug education curriculum. TGFD is a school-based program designed to reduce students’ intention to use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, while promoting prosocial attitudes, skills, and behaviors. The program seeks to build the self-confidence of students so they are better able to make healthy choices and achieve success. TGFD specifically emphasizes five social and emotional learning skills that have been shown to promote healthy development and academic success.

  1. goal setting
  2. decision making
  3. bonding with pro-social others
  4. identifying and managing emotions
  5. communicating effectively with others

360 Youth Services Prevention staff implement the middle school curriculum. The curriculum is delivered for a minimum of two years, designed to build off the previous grade level, requiring students to develop skills and use these skills year after year. The lessons are delivered once a week and are highly interactive so students have the opportunity to participate, learn, and receive recognition for their participation. Each lesson promotes the opportunity for cooperative learning, role play, small group activity, games, class discussions, and skill-building exercises. The curriculum typically consists of ten forty minute lessons with an additional lesson on opioids:

  1. goal setting
  2. decision-making
  3. identifying and managing emotions
  4. effective communication
  5. bonding and relationships
  6. the effects and consequences of alcohol use
  7. the effects and consequences of tobacco use
  8. the effects and consequences of marijuana use
  9. inhalants and street drugs
  10. the effects and consequences of opioids
  11. course review

For additional information please contact Youth Prevention Education Coordinator, Niki Partacz, at 630.961.2992 ext. 1125 or npartacz@360youthservices.org