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School Initiatives

School Initiatives

The Lincoln Trail District Health Department has several school initiatives in place for Middle School and High School students.  These programs are age-appropriate, equipping teens and young adults with tools to best succeed in life.  

 

Middle School Programs

Programs for Grades 6-8

Choosing The Best Way

GRADE 6

Created for lower middle school students, this six-lesson curriculum gives students age-appropriate insight into what’s happening to their changing bodies and emotions, explores healthy versus unhealthy relationships, and teaches delaying sex as the best WAY.

Choosing The Best Path

GRADE 7

This dynamic eight-lesson curriculum captivates middle school students. Assertiveness training engages students in learning how to say “NO” to at-risk sexual activity and “YES” to healthy relationships and sexual delay.

Choosing The Best Life

GRADE 8

Developed for upper middle school students, this eight-lesson curriculum covers critical topics such as preventing sexual violence and understanding consent. This high impact program engages the heart as well as the head, teaching students that sexual delay is the best choice for a healthy LIFE.

Too Good For Drugs

GRADES 6-8

Too Good For Drugs empowers teens to meet the challenges of middle school life fostering confidence and building resistance to substance abuse. Students set and reach more complex goals and, in the process, develop and practice stronger decision-making skills and effective-communication skills.

Students also learn to identify and manage their emotions and the emotions of others so they can better relate to others and seek to associate with positive peer groups. Too Good for Drugs addresses environmental and developmental risk factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs through the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes teens need to make healthy decisions consistent with their healthy goals.

Substance use topics are discussed in the context of expectations, peer pressure and influence, and the role of the media. In particular, more complex social challenges and influences that present a greater risk for escapism and risky behavior are explored and met with strategies for managing those situations in a positive and healthy way.

Interactive games and activities create an experiential learning environment so students can learn and apply the skills in the classroom setting.

Additional skills and developmental topics build on the core social skill set to broaden the student’s sense of self-efficacy and confidence and are tailored to the intellectual, cognitive, and social development of the student. 

  • Media Literacy and Media Influence
  • Resisting Peer Pressure
  • Understanding Peer Influence
  • Understanding Addiction
  • Complex Social and Dating Relationships
  • Exploring Risk Taking and Differentiating Healthy and Unhealthy Risks
 

Substance use and its effects on the body are introduced when developmentally appropriate. More complex discussions are introduced at the Middle School level and progress in depth as the students mature.

  • Safe Use of Prescription and OTC drugs
  • Effects of Nicotine Use including ENDS
  • Effects of Alcohol Use
  • Effects of Marijuana and THC Use
  • Effects of Street Drugs including Opioids and Stimulant

High School Programs

Programs for Grades 9-12

Choosing The Best Journey

GRADES 9-10

Targeting lower high school students, this inspiring eight-lesson curriculum motivates students to set goals, make good decisions, and develop healthy relationships. The benefits of delaying sex allow students to continue on their best JOURNEY.

Other programs include:

Reducing The Risk

GRADES 9-12

Reducing the Risk (RTR) is a 16-session curriculum designed to help high school students delay the initiation of sex or increase the use of protection against pregnancy and STI/HIV if they choose to have sex. This research-proven approach addresses skills such as risk assessment, communication, decision making, planning, refusal strategies and delay tactics. The program is available in both print and digital formats.

PARENT CAFÉS

Cafés are physically and emotionally safe spaces where people talk and listen to each other on topics that matter to them, such as the challenges and victories of raising a family, navigating landscapes of inequality, enhancing well-being, or being involved in the recovery process of someone they love. Through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths, learn about the Protective Factors, and create strategies from their own wisdom and experiences to strengthen their families. Participants leave Cafés feeling inspired, energized, and excited to put into practice what they’ve learned.

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