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    Too Good for Drugs (TGFD)

    Developed by the Mendez Foundation, Too Good for Drugs is a comprehensive, evidence-based substance use prevention curriculum for students in grades K-12 designed to mitigate the risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. The lessons introduce and develop social and emotional skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, developing self-efficacy, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure and influence. Too Good for Drugs teaches five essential social and emotinal learning skills:

    • Setting Reachable Goals
    • Making Responsible Decisions
    • Bonding with Pro-social Others
    • Identifying and Managing Emotions
    • Communicating Effectively

    TGFD at the Elementary School Level

    Substance use and its effect on the body are introduced when developmentally appropriate. In the youngest grades, the lessons develop an understanding of what is healthy to put in the body and what is not. Additional skills and developmental topics build on the core skill set to broaden the student's sense of self-efficacy and confidence. Lessons include interactive games and activities. The additional skills and topics include:

    • Managing Mistakes and Disappointment
    • Resisting Peer Pressure
    • Understanding Peer Influence
    • Making Healthy Choices

    TGFD at the Middle School Level

    The program for middle school empowers the middle school students to meet the challenges of middle school life, fostering confidence and building resistance to substance abuse. Using the middle school program, students set and reach more complex goals and, in the process, develop and practice strong decision-making skills and effective communication skills. Additional skills and developmental topics build on the core social skill set to broaden the student's sense of self-efficacy and confidence. Lessons include interactive games and activities. The additional skills and topics include:

    • Media Literacy and Media Influence
    • Resisting Peer Pressure
    • Understanding Peer Influence
    • Understanding Addiction
    • Complex Social and Dating Relationships
    • Exploring Risk Taking and Differentiating Healthy and Unhealthy Risks

    TGFD at the High School Level

    The program for high school provides teenagers with real world challenges faced in high school by exploring practical guidance for understanding the negative health effects related to prescription drug misuse, underage drinking, marijuana abuse, opioid abuse, and nicotine use. Additional skills and developmental topics build on the core social skill set to broaden the student's sense of self-efficacy and confidence. Lessons include interactive activities that challenge students to explore healthy alternatives to unhealthy risks. The additional skills and topics include:

    • Media Literacy and Media Influence
    • Resisting Peer Pressure
    • Understanding Peer Influence
    • Understanding Addiction
    • Complex Social and Dating Relationships
    • Exploring Risk Taking and Differentiating Healthy and Unhealthy Risks

    Source: Information above was obtained from the Mendez Foundation web site. To learn more information about the Too Good for Drugs program, please visit their site at toogoodprograms.org.  NOTE: The link provided is to an outside website and is not overseen by Lake County Schools.