Evidenced Based Prevention Programs
Elementary Aged Prevention Programs
Too Good for Drugs
The Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) is a school-based prevention program facilitated by YES’ social workers in the Massapequa School District elementary grade levels. This program builds on students’ resiliency by teaching them how to be socially competent and autonomous problem solvers. The program is designed to benefit everyone in the school by providing needed education in social and emotional competencies and by reducing risk factors and building protective factors that affect students in these age groups.
The PAX Game is a simple classroom strategy, used during regular instruction. No extra time is needed. Children help define the rules of the classroom to create a more a more nurturing environment. The PAX Game helps children exercise the portion of the brain that controls impulsivity. YES staff supports teachers as they teach students learn to support one another and are rewarded for this as class. All of this helps to reduce inattention and disruptions, which, in turn, enhances learning.
Too Good for Drugs Afterschool Program
This program is an extension of the Too Good evidence-based prevention education programs for the after-school setting. Through a variety of positive, age-appropriate activities including games, stories, and songs, the program reinforces basic prevention concepts including decision making, goal setting, and conflict resolution among others. The activities are divided into age groups to sustain the children’s interest and correspond to their development level. Providing healthy alternatives and connections for students. YES staff provides trainings and technically assistance to school staff and high school students who plan on co-facilitating this program.
Adolescent/Teen Prevention Programs
This brief, early intervention program is offered at the middle and high school level for students who display the early stages of alcohol or drug involvement. Integrating stages of change theory, motivational enhancement, cognitive-behavioral therapy and increasing knowledge surrounding the risks associated with use, this intervention aims to help teens reduce and ultimately eliminate their substance use.
Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET) is a school-based group intervention for students who have been exposed to traumatic events and are suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). YES provides this program for middle school and high school students utilizing a Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Approach.