GOAL: Adopt positive decision-making skills that discourage harmful risk-taking behavior.
Program activities addressing the following topics are required during the course of the program year:
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs:
allows participants to increase knowledge of the dangers of substance use and abuse, develop skills for avoiding pressure to use substances, and to practice those skills.
General and Reproductive Health:
prepares participants to understand how their body works, how to take care of themselves through good nutrition, exercise, hygiene, and basic first aid. For adolescents, addresses the physical changes of adolescence, abstinence and/or safe sex and contraception. For all children and youth, mental health and well-being need to be addressed: identifying emotions, anger management, depression and suicide. Activities must allow participants to increase knowledge, develop skills, and practice those skills within the program.
prepares the participants to identify and prevent interpersonal violence including family violence, sexual assault, youth violence, gang and gun violence, as well as hate crimes. Topics must include: conflict resolution, peer to peer and female-male relationships, cultural diversity, community safety.
Best or Promising Practices
- Life Skills Training Program (Botvin)
- Project Northland
- I CAN Problem Solve
- Preparing for the Drug Free Years
- Project Alert
- Postponing Sexual Involvement (PSI)
- Reducing the Risk
- Behavioral Skill Training (HIV)
- Sex Can Wait
- Smart Girls
- Teen Talks
- Good Behavior Game
- Pathways: A Boy's Town Training Program
- Youth Peace
- Sister Net
- Second Step
- Conflict Resolution
- Self Worth
- Peer Relationships
- Communication Skills
- Youth Helping Youth Succeed
- A Peer Mentor Curriculum For Drug and Violence Prevention
- Project Star/Midwestern Prevention Project
- Play for Peace
- Peace Builders
- Project Trust
- Be Proud! Be Responsible!
- G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training)
- Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP)
- CASASTART (Striving Together to Achieve Rewarding Tomorrows)
- Get Real About AIDS
5.3.A. Peer Influence
Peer influence programs are considered to be part of Life Skills. Peer influence programs encompass peer educator, mediator, activist, or leadership programs. Peer influence programs are topic oriented: prevention education about substances, STDs, pregnancy, violence or community organizing. Program curricula/materials used must be evidence-based. Peer influence participants must receive a tangible benefit from their involvement: specific skills, knowledge, sense of group, and stipends or incentives (if the Spending Plan allows). Peer influence program participants count as part of the program's participant numbers, and as part of Life Skills.
Calendar of topics for life skills; scored pre-post test, as indicated by the program models; group logs and sign-in sheets.
For Peer Influence: Job descriptions for mentors which include work expectations and commitment, sign-in and sign-out sheets, satisfaction surveys from the participants.