Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
Donna A. KeanExecutive Director of Prevention ProjectsPhone: 724-805-2050Fax: 724-420-5930
FOUNDATIONSThe FOUNDATIONS program is a comprehensive Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Preschool Prevention Program originally developed by Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects in conjunction with Seton Hill Day Care, Inc. The goal of this curriculum is to lay a foundation of positive life skills that will assist the youth of tomorrow to foster independence, enhance coping and relating, understand self concept, learn decision making, and begin an awareness of ATOD information.
The FOUNDATIONS curriculum encourages parents and teachers joining together in cooperative and collaborative ways to help build and strengthen resiliency and protective factors in young children. Through this connection it is hoped that young children will observe adult role models who respect life and have a better chance of growing up “drug-free”.
R.E.A.L. (Realistic Education About Life) In-Class Presentations are the core of this prevention curriculum developed by the Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects. A series of interactive, developmentally appropriate lessons has been designed for individual grade levels from Kindergarten through grade 6. Lessons include student activities, videos, and enrichment follow-up materials. The curriculum meets the Act 211 of 1990 empowerment Goals and the Educational Standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Topic areas include Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) information, self-concept, coping/relating skills, decision making, and violence prevention skills. Evidence-Based Model Programs Evidence-based programs are approaches that have been developed and evaluated using scientific processes. These programs are grounded in a clear theoretical foundation and have been carefully implemented and evaluated. The evaluation findings have been subjected to critical review by other researchers and the program has been replicated in a variety of settings. Examples of these programs available through the Prevention Projects include – Botvin Life Skills ProgramA 3-year ATOD Prevention Program with 8 sequential lessons/year for Grades 3-5 or Grades 4-6.
Project Achieve The Stop and Think Program addresses social skills and conflict resolution for pre-kindergarten through grade 8.
Second StepAddresses violence reduction and prevention for pre-kindergarten through grade five with twenty lessons/year. There is also a parent program component.
Too Good for DrugsAddresses ATOD use and reinforces resiliency skills for kindergarten through grade 8; ten sequential lessons each year.
Olweus Bullying Prevention ProgramThis research-based program is a multilevel, multi-component, school-based program designed for the reduction and prevention of bullying/victim problems in elementary, middle, and junior high schools. The program attempts to change the culture and the behavior of students through the 4 major core components: School-Wide Elements, Classroom Elements, Individual Interventions, and Community Efforts. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program has been recognized as an evidence-based, model program by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Researched based outcomes have shown: