Monthly Archives: May 2017

  • National Prevention Week – Awareness Leads to Action

    Another important week is upon us! May 14-20 being National Prevention Week, a great time for parents and educators to talk about alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse and prevention. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.

    The three primary goals of National Prevention Week according to SAMHSA are to:

    • -Involve communities in raising awareness about behavioral health issues and implementing prevention strategies;
    • -Foster partnerships and collaboration with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health; and
    • -Promote and disseminate quality behavioral health resources and publications.

    The importance of achieving these goals is magnified with summer fast approaching. A study by SAMHSA notes that most teens first try drugs and alcohol during summer. All parents want their teens to fully enjoy their summer vacation, but we all want them to be safe. Thankfully, a recent article on USA.gov about SAMHSA and National Prevention Week outlined a host of resources for parents and educators to help prevent risky behavior including:

    • -Marijuana Myth busters from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens
    • -Videos and games for kids teaching them about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs
    • -Tips about discussing underage drinking

    Prevention is a necessary tool that requires continuous awareness and action. The mission of the Too Good for Drugs programs, SAMHSA and its partner organizations is to provide the tools necessary to to put alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse prevention into action for the benefit of our youth. Specifically, Too Good for Drugs for Middle and High School are designed to mitigate risk and build protective factors so that teens are more likely to make healthy decisions and refuse negative peer pressure and influence. And National Prevention week is the time where those healthy decisions must be promoted to our youth.

  • College and Career Readiness - Skills to Survive and Thrive

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    No one can deny the importance of students gaining academic skills to succeed at the university level and beyond. But in recent years, research has shown that in addition to academics, focusing on non-cognitive skills creates a school climate and culture conducive to learning. And it gets better. It turns out that these social-emotional skills, attitudes, and behaviors not only facilitate success in school, but also in the workplace.

    A 2016 Study of over 200 members of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that employers are looking for employees who excel at:

    • Setting and achieving goals
    • Feelings and showing empathy for others
    • Cooperating and teamwork
    • Creative problem solving
    • Making responsible decisions

    Therefore, a more collaborative, empathetic workforce is at the forefront of our society. This workforce will only grow more connected and dependent on skills gained through college and career readiness, which means that students must develop both academic skills and social-emotional skills if they want to thrive in the workplace.

    A 2013 report from the College & Career Readiness & Success Center explores many ways in which college and career readiness standards (CCR) can combine with social-emotional learning (SEL). The report highlights evidence that supports the benefits of using CCR and SEL standards together for the benefit of school-aged children.

    The Mendez Foundation continues its commitment to both CCR standards and SEL skills for teens. The newly revised Too Good for Violence – Social Perspectives High School program, available in early June, is an evidence-based program that adheres to CCR standards and reinforces SEL skills that teens need to succeed in life. It is our priority to ensure that teens have these skills for when it is time to step out on their own to achieve success.

  • The New, Revised Too Good For Violence - Social Perspectives High School Edition is here!

     

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    As we approach the final weeks of the school year, Too Good has some exciting news before you wrap up: the new, revised edition of Too Good for Violence – Social Perspectives is here. This program will be available the week of May 29th and is available for pre-order now.

    The new, revised Too Good For Violence - Social Perspectives High School Edition is a highly acclaimed, evidence-based program that empowers teens with the skills they need for academic, social and life success. The 10-week curriculum is proven to help educators engage students in grades 9-12 build core social-emotional competencies that foster self and social awareness. The program also teaches college and career readiness to prepare students for the challenges they will face in high school and beyond.

    A March 2017 study by the Aspen Institute and The Aspen Education & Society Program demonstrates that classroom instruction that promotes high school students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) facilitates better student outcomes on college- and career-ready (CCR) standards. Over the past several years, states have developed and adopted rigorous standards in language arts and mathematics that build toward college and career readiness by the time students graduate from high school. Nearly every state has adopted these CCR standards and the federal government has supported these state-led efforts.

    The research-based Too Good for Violence - Social Perspectives lessons help high school students build character and peer pressure refusal skills and college and career readiness. The curriculum teaches critical concepts through interactive lessons, games, and activities to practice and reinforce skills. Students are engaged in a safe and supportive learning environment that promotes social and academic success.

    So before you clear your desks for the summer, make sure you are stocked up for your fall implementation! To pre-order, visit our homepage for more information. Or, email us info@mendezfoundation.org or call 1-800-750-0986.