Current Programs

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Al’s Pals is a comprehensive curriculum and teacher training program that develops social-emotional skills, self-control, problem-solving abilities, and healthy decision-making in children ages 3-8 years old. The program is nationally recognized as an evidence-based model prevention program and received top rating by the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning in their Social-Emotional Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report.

Through fun lessons, engaging puppets, original music, and effective teaching approaches, Al’s Pals:

  • Helps young children regulate their own feelings and behavior, allowing educators more time for creative teaching by reducing the need for discipline

  • Creates and maintains classroom environments of caring, cooperation, respect, and responsibility

  • Teaches conflict resolution and peaceful problem-solving

  • Promotes appreciation of differences and positive social relationships

  • Prevents and addresses bullying behavior

  • Conveys clear messages about the harms of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

  • Builds children’s abilities to make healthy choices and cope with life’s difficulties

The premise of Al’s Pals is similar to that of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) – that interactions between teachers and children matter. Wingspan has prepared a crosswalk showing how Al’s Pals aligns with the CLASS domains: Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support.

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It’s simple. You’ve got great potential. That doesn’t have to be something like being a rock star or famous actor either. You’ve got the potential to make a real difference in your community by just being the best version of you. We can probably all agree that being healthy is a great step in the right direction. That’s what this page is all about… getting the facts about what to avoid so that you can be the happy healthy you we know you can be. You have probably heard about all the typical stuff to avoid (drugs, alcohol, etc.) but even things like prescription drugs – the stuff that doctors prescribe – can get in the way.

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A skills-based curriculum that teaches teens how to say “NO.”

Each day, America’s teenagers are bombarded with misleading messages about drugs. Glamorized by media and endorsed by peers, the consequences of drug use and experimentation are dangerously disguised, and often hidden altogether.

The reality is that drug use can alter a teen’s life forever. That’s why every student should be given the tools to make a decision against using drugs - and the best place to give them those tools is your classroom.

Easy to adopt. Proven to work.

Project ALERT is a free classroom-based substance abuse prevention program for 7th and 8th graders that is proven to reduce the experimental and continued use of drugs.

Through a series of comprehensive lessons, Project ALERT motivates students against drug use, cultivates new non-use attitudes and beliefs, and equips teens with the skills and strategies they’ll use to resist drugs.

Project ALERT is proven to:

  • Motivate students against drug use

  • Provide skills and strategies to resist drugs

  • Establish new non-use attitudes and beliefs

The Project ALERT curriculum was developed and field tested over a ten-year period by RAND, the nation’s leading think tank on drug policy. RAND research demonstrates that teens have a mindset about drugs. By shifting the pro-drug mindset, students of Project ALERT administrators have benefited from these measurable results:

• 40% drop in students already experimenting with cigarettes in becoming regular smokers

• 24% lower alcohol misuse score

• 20% reduction of highest-risk early drinkers

• 20 to 25% decrease in cigarette use during the past month

• 33 to 55% decrease in regular and heavy usage of cigarettes

• 60% decrease in current marijuana use

Project ALERT is also proud to be the recipient of near-perfect scores on the US government’s own review process, the NREPP (National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices).

These scores and results confirm that Project ALERT is grounded in solid science and easy to effectively implement in the classroom. But most importantly, they show that your ability to help students make the right decisions about drugs isn’t just possible, it’s proven. To see how Project ALERT stacked up against other substance abuse programs, view our results at www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/viewIntervention.aspx?id=62 

The Project ALERT two-year core curriculum consists of 11 lessons that are most effective when taught once a week during the first year, plus three booster lessons that should be delivered the following year. Project ALERT complements other curricula and can be implemented in conjunction with lessons from sex education, health, physical education, science, and social studies.

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Skill development is at the core of Too Good for Drugs, a universal K-12 prevention education program designed to mitigate the risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use. The lessons introduce and develop social and emotional skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, developing self-efficacy, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure and influence.

 Too Good for Drugs teaches five essential social and emotional learning skills, which research has linked with healthy development and academic success:

  • Setting Reachable Goals

  • Making Responsible Decisions

  • Bonding with Pro-Social Others

  • Identifying and Managing Emotions

  • Communicating Effectively

Too Good For Drugs: Elementary School

At the elementary school level, additional skills and developmental topics build on the core skill set to broaden the student’s sense of self-efficacy and confidence.  Lesson designs are tailored to the intellectual, cognitive, and social development of the student.  Interactive games and activities help students visualize and apply the strategies and skills directly so they can begin to apply them in their daily life right away. These additional concepts include:

  • Managing Mistakes and Disappointment

  • Resisting Peer Pressure

  • Understanding Peer Influence

  • Making Healthy Choices

Substance use and its effect on the body are introduced when developmentally appropriate.  In the youngest grades, the lessons develop an understanding of what is healthy to put in the body and what is not.  This foundation prepares students for discussions about tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use in later elementary years.

  • Safe Use of Medicines - Grades K - 5

  • Effects of Tobacco Use - Grades 2 - 5

  • Effects of Alcohol Use - Grades 3 - 5

  • Effects of Marijuana Use - Grade 5

Too Good For Drugs: Middle School

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 health 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 Stimulants

Too Good For Drugs: High School

Too Good for Drugs in High School applies real world challenges teens face in high school to explore practical guidance for understanding the negative health effects related to prescription drug misuse, underage drinking, marijuana abuse, opioid abuse, and nicotine use. Students also explore the stages of addiction and the risks associated with experimentation.

Social Emotional skill development is a the core of Too Good to promote social awareness and self-awareness to equip teens to evaluate the social and peer influences they face as well as the internal pressures to take unhealthy risks to fit in with their peers or to escape. Interactive activities challenge students to explore healthy alternatives to unhealthy risks as they work to reach their goals.

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 effect on the body are introduced through more complex discussions around the effect of substance use on health, life, academic, and career goals.

  • 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 Stimulants

Too Good For Drugs & Violence: High School

TGFD&V combines the SEL and Substance Abuse prevention components of Too Good for Drugs with the additional social competency, conflict resolution, and problem solving skill development of Too Good for Violence - Social Perspectives into one seamless 15 lesson course.

These additional concepts include:

  • Respect for Self and for Others

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Anger Management

  • Healthy Teen Dating

  • Social Media Awareness

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You are the most powerful influence on your child’s behavior.  Over a third of Allen County 12th graders are drinking alcohol, which makes it urgent to find every opportunity to talk to your kids about the dangers of underage drinking before it happens.  

Talk.  Your kids really do hear you. 

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Prime For Life® is an evidence-based motivational prevention, intervention and pretreatment program specifically designed for people who might be making high-risk choices. This includes but is not limited to impaired driving offenders, college students, and young people charged with alcohol and/or drug offenses. It is designed to change drinking and drug use behaviors by changing beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations, and the knowledge of how to reduce their risk of alcohol- and drug-related problems throughout their lives. Because Prime For Life® includes both prevention and intervention content, it is also designed in a way that serves universal, selective, and indicated audiences with program delivery options for each.

Bienvenido

Community of Practice

The Bienvenido Program, operated by the Northeastern Center, is a mental health promotion program for Latinos that addresses issues that come with adjustment to life in another country.  CoP members will receive training to implement this strengths-based educational curriculum to enhance awareness of mental health, clarify a participant’s personal goals for an enhanced quality of life, and develop skills to reduce risk for emotional and behavioral risks associated with mental distress. The Bienvenido curriculum is appropriate for use in various community settings, including behavioral service settings, schools, and outpatient mental health centers. 

Each module of the nine week Bienvenido curriculum provides information about topics related to the development of positive mental health and enhanced well being.  Modules are ordered to first introduce participants to potentially new knowledge about mental health, clarify their understanding of risk and protective factors associated with mental health and quality of life, and develop skills to enhance effective social functioning and community integration.

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The WISE Program is a wellness and prevention program targeting older adults, which is designed to help them celebrate healthy aging, make healthy lifestyle choices and avoid substance abuse. It provides valuable educational services to older adults on topics including medication misuse and management, stress management, depression, and substance abuse. Created by NJPN and implemented locally by prevention agencies across the country, WISE promotes health through education concerning high-risk behaviors in older adults. Since the program was launched in 1996, prevention programs presented by WISE facilitators have reached over 40,000 individuals.

The WISE Program was awarded a 2009 National Exemplary Award for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies by The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD). The curriculum is listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and the Administration for Community Living’s Aging and Disability Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (ADEPP).

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Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) for Seniors is a program that anyone age 60 and up can use to get well, stay well, and make life the way they want it to be. It helps people to:

• Identify safe, simple tools to support healthier and happier aging

• Discover and reduce everyday stressors

• Build on personal strengths and interests

• Feel more hopeful, confident, and engaged in healthcare decisions WRAP® is proven to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and poor health.

It supports people in making their own choices for improved wellness, quality of life, and physical health.

Here is what recent participants have shared about their experience with WRAP®:

“WRAP has changed my life.”

“My struggles used to knock me over. Now I have a plan for how to stay well.”

“Thank you. I am grateful for having hope in my life!”

“I feel more of a sense of community with the other people in the class now.”

“I am now much more confident in taking care of my own health.”

ADDRESS

532 W Jefferson Blvd. 

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

CONTACT

Tel: 260.422.8412

Email:  coordinator@dacac.org

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