Elementary Curriculum Description

YPS – Kids Connection

This is a Selective program, meaning that the youth we work with are at a higher-than-average risk for drug use. There are many factors that may play into why the child is at higher risk: parents are in recovery for drug use, death of a parent or caretaker because of drug use, parents incarcerated, unstable home environment, disciplinary problems at home or school, or parents going through divorce with no healthy adults to support and mentor children while going through this process.

One of the curricula we use is Kids Connection, by Rainbow Days. This is an evidence-based curriculum that has been proven successful in reducing drug use. SACADA Staff has been specially trained to teach this curriculum. The program is a 10-week program that works on the children’s resiliency and social skills. By enhancing these skills, a child is less likely to use drugs as a coping mechanism.

This program can be taught to children in 1st – 5th grade. Please contact the program director for more information.

YPU – Too Good For Drugs

This initiative is designed for all 1st to 5th-grade students. The curriculum is evidence-based, emphasizing social and emotional skill development, including goal setting, decision making, effective communication, peer pressure refusal, pro-social bonding, conflict resolution, and media literacy. Too Good for Drugs also supports academic achievement, aligns with education standards, and prioritizes healthy and supportive classroom management. The program consists of 10 sessions, each lasting 45 minutes.

  • Teach positive social skills
  • Increase self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Effectively cope with anxiety
  • Increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse

This program is designed to work with a classroom-sized group of 15-25 students at a time, ages 8-12 (3rd – 5th grade).