SOURCE: C.E. Mendez Foundation

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May 25, 2016 09:00 ET

The Mendez Foundation Releases Revised Edition of Its Highly Acclaimed Substance Abuse Prevention Education Program for High School Students

Evidence-Based Too Good for Drugs Engages Students and Develops the Critical Life Skills for Drug-Free Living, School Success, and Career Readiness

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - May 25, 2016) -  The C.E. Mendez Foundation, a leader in comprehensive social-emotional learning (SEL) in substance abuse and violence prevention education, launched an updated version of its Too Good for Drugs curriculum for high school students. The highly acclaimed, evidence-based program is proven to help educators engage students grades 9-12 in building core social-emotional competencies that foster self and social awareness. Through the programs, students learn the negative effects of substance abuse, apply strategies for peer-pressure refusal, and explore the impact of influence and peer bonding on decisions.

Students entering high school face a complex set of challenges, including preparing for graduation, navigating new relationships, and an often confusing mixture of positive and negative influences that may include pressure to use substances. Social skills development builds protective factors in students against problem behaviors and is frequently associated with positive student outcomes such as an increase in pro-social behaviors and improved academic performance.

Too Good for Drugs is proven to be effective in developing the skills students need to refuse negative influence. The revised program features an enhanced delivery model with interactive games and activities that promote social and academic success through practice and positive reinforcement. The course has been expanded to address current and developing trends and temptations facing students, including various nicotine delivery devices, prescription drug misuse, and the increased societal normalization of marijuana use.

"Adolescents face a multitude of challenges that require them to make increasingly complex decisions, but they are rarely equipped with the skills to navigate those challenges with confidence," said Charles Mendez, President of the C.E. Mendez Foundation. "Strong social-emotional skills guide adolescents through carefully considering the consequences of their decisions and making smart choices that are consistent with their short- and long-term goals."

Too Good for Drugs is available for order today. To purchase Too Good for Drugs for High School, visit http://www.toogoodprograms.org/too-good-for-drugs-high-school-revised-edition-kit.html.

About The C.E. Mendez Foundation
Doing good work for the health and well-being of our children is nothing new for the Mendez Foundation. For more than thirty-five years, we've been developing and implementing unparalleled prevention education programs K-12 to develop the social-emotional skills children need to resist problem behaviors such as substance abuse and violence. Our evidence-based, skill-building programs make a positive impact on the lives of students, teachers, parents, and community leaders nationwide.

As prevention educators, we have a professional commitment to the careful development, rigorous testing, and on-going refinement of our programs. As an organization, we have a time honored commitment to fostering the healthy development of individuals, schools, families, and communities in leading healthy, happy lives. It's our purpose and our passion.

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