Week 1 – Introduction to Bullying This session’s focus is on connecting with the class and developing a climate to explore life skills. Self-control, decision-making and healthy habits are discussed and the topic of bullying is introduced.
Week 2 – Bullying Behavior This session reviews ideas presented in the previous session. The types of Bullying behaviors are explored – physical, emotional and relational. The “Danger Zone” concept regarding areas where people are at risk for bullying is introduced.
Week 3 – Strategies for dealing with bullies This session begins with a comprehensive review from the previous class. The roles of Bully, Victim, By-stander and Helper are discussed. A short video supporting the curriculum will be shown, with emphasis on appropriate strategies for dealing with bullies.
Week 4 – Introduction to drugs This is an introductory session which includes the definition of drugs, body chemistry and allergic reactions. The concept of “gateway drugs” is introduced. Questions relating to the “why” or the reasons someone uses drugs are explored.
Week 5 – Nicotine This session continues exploring drugs by addressing nicotine use. Health issues from smoking and chewing tobacco are discussed.
Week 6 – Alcohol This session will focus on the use of alcohol, teenage drinking and driving, binge drinking and alcohol poisoning.
Week 7 – Other Drugs The drugs nicotine and alcohol are reviewed. The dangers of using other drugs such as marijuana, inhalants, methamphetamine and others will be explored.
Week 8 – Review and Closure All topics in previous sessions are re-visited. A short video about binge drinking will be shown as a review strategy. Opportunity for any questions from previous sessions.
Other available sessions include:
Relationships and Dating – This session explores teenage relationships, including growth and development, sexually transmitted infection prevention, teenage pregnancy prevention, communication skills, flirting and sexual harassment. Abstinence is emphasized.
Involvement with the Law – An informational didactic regarding young people and the legal system. Consequences of illegal activity is explored, including curfew violations, underage drinking and smoking, illegal IDs, driving while intoxicated, violent offenses, restitution, probation, placement, and certification as an adult.
Assemblies – Group assemblies for students can be used as a review for students who have previously had the program, or as an appropriate kick-off or closure for students in the program. A musical component is included as an effective way to connect with the audience.
Evening or lunch time parent meetings – This provides and opportunity for parents to discuss any prevention topics or parenting topics with the instructor and school staff.