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Prevention Specialists teach to Pennsylvania Department of Education standards for grade levels, and employ evidence-based curricula with fidelity, for example:


  • Botvin’s Life Skills. CADEkids' most widely used curriculum, this research-validated substance abuse prevention program for 3rd to 9th grade students, has been proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. Life Skills program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.


  • Too Good for Drugs. A prevention program designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use among students. The curriculum is designed to develop five essential life skills: goal setting, decision-making, bonding with prosocial others, identifying and managing emotions, and effective communication. 


  • Too Good for Violence. A K-8th grade school-based prevention program, TGFV curricular components are presented in positive, age-appropriate activities using puppets, songs, games, role-plays, cooperative learning, and other experiential teaching techniques (including small group activities and group discussion). TGFV lessons promote: peaceful conflict resolution strategies, goal setting, decision-making skills, anger and stress management, effective communictation, and interpersonal skills.


  • Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS). A K-6th grade program, PATHS is an impulse control-centered curriculum grounded in the science of children’s brain development, which has determined that children experience and react to strong emotions before developing cognitive abilities to verbalize them. PATHS’ priorities are impulse control, decision-making, and self-esteem.


  • WannaBet? CADEkids' newest curriculum teaches kids in grades 3-8 to think critically about gambling. Young people are at two-to-three times greater risk than adults of developing problems and disorders associated with gambling. Students will learn to distinguish between games of skill and games of chance, and utilize information about odds to make more informed life choices.

The curricula described above are approved for use in the Philadelphia public schools by the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE). PATHS has been designated as model programs by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA model programs have been tested in communities, schools, social service organizations, and workplaces across the nation; and have provided solid proof that they prevent or reduce substance abuse and other related high-risk behaviors.


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Life Skills


Reconnecting Youth


Second Step


Here’s Looking at You


Wanna Bet?




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