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Middle School

Our programs for youth are interactive lessons and activities that create positive learning experiences, giving youth the tools they need to make responsible, healthy decisions. 

*  Marks programs that appear on the Curriculum Resources for Educating Children about the Dangers of Substance Abuse, released by Kimberly Harrington, NJ Education Commissioner (2017).

All Alliances will receive a Form 10 after program completion.

* Botvin's LifeSkills Training

Botvin LifeSkills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to:

 Teach students the necessary skills to resist social (peer) pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs
 Help students to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence
 Enable students to effectively cope with anxiety
 Increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse
 Enhance cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent a variety of health risk behaviors

*My Generation Rx

My Generation Rx” includes resources designed to educate teens about the importance of using medications safely, as well as teaching teens key skills to turn down invitations to misuse and positive alternatives to cope with the demands of life. This will be done through PowerPoint presentations, role play, and games. By learning about safe opiate use and alternative options, youth will be less likely to abuse medicinal opiates preventing the transition to heroin. “My Generation Rx” is a nation-wide educational initiative to promote safe medication practices in an effort to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs.  Generation Rx is offered through a partnership between the Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. The program is based on evidence based practices and is on the New Jersey Department of Education, Curriculum Resources for Educating Children about the Dangers of Substance Abuse, list.

Program Length: 2-4 session

Audience: K-12

Second Step Bullying and Substance Abuse Prevention Program

The Second Step Bullying and Substance Abuse Prevention program is an evidence based curriculum designed to decrease aggression, bullying and substance abuse and to increase students’ social skills and school success. The classroom based prevention program uses video clips, group work, class discussions, and skill practice.

Five themes covered across the lessons: (1) empathy and communication; (2) emotion management and coping; (3) problem solving, decision making, and goal setting; (4) bullying prevention; and (5) substance abuse prevention. 

Program Length: 10 Sessions

Audience: Grades 6-8

Steps to Respect

The research-based 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. 

Steps to Respect lessons can help kids feel safe and supported by the adults around them so that they can build stronger bonds to family, school and community allowing them to focus on academic achievement. Students will learn skills that are modeled with role-play activities, age appropriate realistic scenarios lead to solution discussion and interactive lessons.

Program Length: 6 sessions 

Audience: Grades 4-6


* Too Smart to Start

This is a program designed to equip students with what they need to know, do, and say about underage alcohol use including: (1) the effects of alcohol on the brain and body; (2)  effective alternatives to using alcohol; and (3) how to say no and respond to difficult situations including those involving alcohol.

This program is a collaboration based on evidence- based practices and principles and was designed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Scholastic Inc. 

Program Length: 2 sessions

Audience: Grades 4-6

Teen Education Series

This a la carte program based on evidence-based principles discusses several topics that encourage the skills and knowledge teens need to make smart choices around drugs and alcohol.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

Got Stress?


Refusal Skills

Social Media

The Brain and Addiction

What do you know about Alcohol?

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Rising Over the Vapor (Electronic Delivery Systems, Juul, and Marijuana)

Program Length: 3 sessions

Audience: Grades 6-12

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* Program appears on Curriculum Resources for Educating Children about the Dangers of Substance Abuse, released by Kimberly Harrington, NJ Education Commissioner (2017)