Schools Overview


Schools Overview

The Center offers many evidence-based programs for youth from Kindergarten to 12th grade that are on educational program lists, such as Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). All programs are presented by a Prevention Specialist and include interactive lessons/activities that create positive learning experiences to increase the likelihood that youth will make responsible, healthy decisions.



Forest Friends (Grades 1- 2)

Forest Friends is a puppet-based primary prevention program designed to help children in 1st and 2nd grade learn skills in conflict resolution, decision-making and anger management. Like the trees in the forest, children need strong roots to grow straight and strong. Forest Friends equips children with the skills to develop strong roots while discovering their inner strength and beauty. Forest Friends is designed to equip children with the coping skills they will need to enable them to grow up resilient to the risks of violence and substance abuse. Read more...

Footprints for Life (Grades 2 – 3)

Footprints for Life is a research-based primary prevention program that builds assets and teaches important life skills to students in grades 2 and 3. Through the use of puppets and stories that feature real-life situations experienced by a children's soccer team, the program offers many opportunities for students to practice the new skills they have learned in a fun and non-threatening way. Read more...

Kids’ Turn (Grades 3 -5)

This is a 6-session support and psycho-educational program for children in grades 3 through 5. It helps them learn how to reduce loyalty conflict and increase their ability to manage feelings and conflicts experienced during divorce or separation of their parents. Each 45-minute session centers on an activity that encourages dialogue about a significant concern or issue typically experienced by children managing the family’s transitions. Read more...

Making Better Choices (Grade 4-5)

Making Better Choices is a single session (45 minutes) program designed to help 4th and 5th grade students develop skills to resist negative peer pressure. The students are introduced to a real peer pressure situation in a video and then asked to brainstorm other real situations in which they might find themselves. In groups of four or five, the students follow a four-step process to create their own ‘real-life’ situation that will help them identify if there is trouble, say no to their friends, explain why, and suggest something positive for them to do together. In these groups the students then role-play their skit in front of the class. Read more...

Second Step (Grades K-1)
A Violence Prevention Program

The Second Steps lessons for Kindergarten and Grade 1 begin with Skills for Learning and Listening Rules, which set the stage for future academic success and later lessons on identifying feelings, managing strong emotions, solving problems, and getting along with others. The sessions include interactive lessons incorporating Brain Builder games, and partner work that keeps the children engaged and helps them practice their skills. Impulsive Pup and Slow-Down Snail puppets encourage children's participation, and Be-Calm Bunny helps students wait for their turn to speak. Read more...

Too Smart To Start (Grades 4 – 6)

Too Smart Too Start is a one-session research-based education program designed to educate students about the harmful effects of alcohol use. Students participate in this interactive class while learning about the effects of alcohol on their developing brains and ways to manage peer pressure and acceptance. Students learn refusal skills and create a list of those to trust and call in an uncomfortable situation or emergency and are shown how to share this information with parents/guardians to reinforce the newly learned information. The program is generally 45 minutes in length however, it can be modified to fit the needs of the school/community.

If you are interested in more program information or want to schedule this program for your group or community please contact Kathy Scheiner at (201) 488-8680 or

Youth Empowerment Network (YEN) (Grades 5-6)

Youth Empowerment Network (YEN) teaches developmentally appropriate life skills to students in grades 5 and 6 to increase resiliency and decrease the likelihood of using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Students participating in YEN meet for 45 minutes each week for a total of 10 consecutive weeks. Each session includes role playing, games and other cooperative group activities to help them internalize their learning. Read more...


Brain Power (Grades 6 – 8)

Brain Power is an engaging educational program that brings to light the realities of addiction and drug abuse through the newest research on the developing brain. Students learn about the brain and its functions, as well as the ways that drugs affect the brain’s ability to carry out those functions. Read more...

Natural High (Grades 6 – 8)

Natural High 4 is a positive, relevant, and fast–moving film that features real stories and footage from six high-profile athletes and performers who have made the decision to stay true to themselves, pursue their natural high and live drug free. Each individual discusses their passion to pursue a natural high. They address the pressures they have felt to use substances and the different reasons why they chose not to and how they were able to do so. Read more...

Steps to Respect (Grades 6-7)

The research-based Steps to Respect program uses interactive lessons and role-playing to teach elementary students to recognize, refuse, and report bullying, how to be assertive not aggressive, and how to build friendships. A recent study found that the Steps to Respect program led to a 31 percent decline in bullying and a 70 percent cut in destructive bystander behavior. Read more...

Talking About Drugs in the Real World (Grades 6 – 7)

Talking about Drugs in the Real World is a single session, 45-minute program for students in grades 6 through 7th that is specifically designed to educate and enlighten teenagers about the risk factors associated with early drug use. Recent surveys indicate that young people are especially vulnerable to starting alcohol and other drug use as they transition from age 13 to 14 with access to drugs rising sharply at this age. Read more...

Too Good for Drugs (Grade 6)

TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS (TGFD) has as its core critically important life skills for prevention that reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as other problem behaviors among students. TGFD develops the skills students need to make good decisions when facing the increasing challenges of stress, peer pressure and temptation. TGFD teaches goal setting, decision making, identifying and managing emotions, communicating effectively and recognize the signs and symptoms of drugs use.

This programs runs as a series of six sessions of approximately 45 minutes. Lessons are taught through interactive lessons which include discussion and role playing activities.

If you are interested in more program information or schedule this program for your group or community please contact Kathy Scheiner at (201) 488-8680 or


Keys to Innervisions (KIV) (Grades 8 – 12)

Keys to Innervisions (KIV) is an educational curriculum about change, specifically changing the beliefs and behaviors that lead to violence, drug abuse/dependency, criminal behavior, school and social failure. In order for anyone to make lasting and meaningful changes in behavior, they must want to change. For change to happen, five fundamental ingredients are necessary.

1. They must believe that change is possible for them.
2. They must know how to change.
3. They must know what to change.
4. They must be able to practice changing.
5. They must have support from significant people.


Teach Me!

About Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs (Grades 7 – 12)

Teach Me! is a 45-minute drug awareness presentation for students in grades 7 through 12. Students first discuss and identify characteristics of positive role-models they have in their life. Further discussion makes the connection between strong character, commitment and individual goals that will create success in school and life. The second half of the session guides the students through a group process to become knowledgeable about how drugs and alcohol affect the body. They then become ‘expert’ students and are given the opportunity to present the new information to their peers in a way that makes the lesson fun and interactive for all participants.

This presentation can tailored to highlight alcohol, tobacco or any other specific drug including cocaine, heroin, marijuana, prescription pills, inhalants, amphetamines, hallucinogens or steroids.

If you are interested in more information or would like to bring this program to your school, group, or community, please contact Kathy Scheiner at (201) 488-8680 or

Too Good for Drugs and Violence (Grades 9 – 10)

Too Good For Drugs And Violence (TGD/V) is a comprehensive prevention education program designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to remain safe and drug free. TGD/V is designed to improve attitudes regarding aggressive/violent behaviors, peers’ acceptance of violence and alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and the perceptions of the effects of substance misuse. The program promotes bonding, develops essential life skills and establishes positive, violence and drug-free norms through engaging, scripted lessons that focus on goal setting, decision making, managing emotions, communicating effectively, conflict resolution, anger management, and respect for self and others. Read more...

Too Good for Drugs and Violence Infusion (Grades 11 – 12)

Too Good for Drugs and Violence Infusion (TGD/VI) is a supplemental program for students who have participated in Too Good for Drugs and Violence (TGFD/V). Training is provided to staff on how to infuse the lessons learned during participation in TGFD/V as a cohesive addition to their current English, Science, Health, and Social Studies curricula. The infusion lessons continue to develop students’ resiliency skills through increased coping with stress skills and developing healthy decision making to avoid drinking or using drugs as a stress reduction technique. Read more...

Senior Smarts (Grade 12)

Senior Smarts is a one-session program for High School Seniors. These students are at point in their lives where they are looking towards the future and their lives as adults, whether they plan to further their education or begin their formal working life. This 45 minute interactive presentation helps them learn new coping skills as they prepare to enter this phase of their lives. Focus is on the substances they may encounter and the inherent dangers of experimentation. Lessons reinforce good decision making and refusal skills and focus on how to find coping mechanisms without relying on artificial substances.

Audience: High School Seniors.

If you are interested in more program information or want to schedule this program for your group or community please contact Kathy Scheiner at (201) 488-8680 or


Too Good for Drugs and Violence Infusion (Grades 11 – 12)

Web-based Faculty In-Service Trainings:

• Adolescents and Substance Abuse
• Bullying, Harassment & Intimidation in Schools
• Child Abuse: An Overview
• Suicide Prevention and Education

We are now offering web-based faculty in-service training that meets the increasing demands for professional, cost-effective and appropriate training for faculty and staff while also satisfying the New Jersey State Department of Education’s mandates. Read more...