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Middle School

Middle School programs generally include elements of the PREVENTION and INTERVENTION resources. Our staff are happy to assist in the selection of the most appropriate resources for your program.

Decision Matrix

Most programs select resources from the following list:

Program Area Recommended for low and medium risk schools Recommended for high risk schools Supplemental for high risk students
Core Program (25-hour version) YES    
Core Program (50-hour version)   YES  
What Do You Think? YES YES YES
DVD — Choices YES YES YES
DVD — Kids at Risk OPTIONAL SUGGESTED YES
DVD — Stories from the Streetslink OPTIONAL SUGGESTED YES
DVD — Gang Issues     YES
Getting Away From The Gang     YES
Gathering/Closing Activities   OPTIONAL  
Program Activities     YES
Bullying   OPTIONAL YES
Peer Pressure   OPTIONAL YES
Anger, Aggression, and Violence   OPTIONAL YES
Teachers manual YES YES  
Change (intervention resources)     YES
Counselor's Manual     YES
Parents Materials (English/Spanish) OPTIONAL YES AVAILABLE
Girls (gender-specific materials)     AS NEEDED
Spanish PC (25 hours)   OPTIONAL OPTIONAL
Spanish PC (six short workbooks)     OPTIONAL
Spanish PC intervention resources     OPTIONAL

The 50-Hour Core Program

Your Goals, Dreams, and Values

  • Your dreams and your goals
  • Your values
  • What's important to you? (values activities)
  • Making your dreams come true
  • What are your life goals?

Emotional Intelligence

  • Understanding your feelings
  • Cues and feelings
  • Caring (activity)
  • Using cues
  • Thoughts, feelings, and actions

Problem Solving

  • The basic problem solving model
  • Using cues to warm yourself about trouble
  • What could happen?
  • What are your choices?
  • How your decisions affect other people
  • Doing the right thing
  • Making a wise choice
  • Problem solving and thought stopping
  • Problem recognition
  • Thought stopping (avoiding impulse thinking)
  • Problem recognition: using cues about trouble
  • Problem recognition activities

Risk Factors

  • Handling risks - where do you stand?
  • Problems and solutions
  • Life can be painful
  • Avoidance skills and planning
  • Handling peer pressure
  • Refusal and resistance skills
  • Gangs
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Handling risks - using your problem solving skills
  • Thought stopping (avoiding impulse thinking)
  • Risks and consequences(weighing pros and cons)
  • When you need help, who will support you? (planning, means-ends thinking)
  • Where can I go? What can I do? (planning, means-ends thinking)

Preventive Factors

  • True friendship
  • How can we help?
  • Belonging and acceptance
  • Role models
  • My "dream team"
  • Community assets, family, and friends
  • Personal assets and strengths
  • You have options

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