Too Good for Drugs and Violence

Program basics

  • High school curriculum to develop social skills, positive character traits, and nonviolent and drug-free norms among high school students
  • Teachers trained to deliver the program through standardized staff development lessons
  • The program has optional elements for family and/or community involvement

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)

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Proven (highest tier)

Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse


Target population

High school-aged children

Program cost

$750 per classroom kit; $300-$1,500 per day for teacher training workshops

Implementation locations

Dates active

Launched in 2000

Outcomes and impact

  • Increased perceptions of social and peer resistance skills
  • Increased assertiveness and self-efficacy
  • Positive attitudes toward nonviolence and perceptions of emotional competency skills

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Program is most effective when implemented as part of broader health or fitness courses.
  • Before implementation of the course, establish an implementation team with built-in feedback and technical support systems for ease of implementation.
  • Too Good Programs offer quality assurance site visits to ensure the quality of implementation and can provide feedback or suggestions for future enhancements.
  • Ideal implementation of this program includes participation by: teachers, school counselors, prevention specialists, community youth educators, mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, student peers, and any other youth-focused mentors, guides, and educators.

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