Our Timeline

We've been busy these past fifty years

2014
Revised Editions of Too Good for Drugs for Grade 4 and Grade 5 are introduced. Stronger emphasis on SEL and character development enhance our unique effective approach to building resiliency and resistance at these pivotal ages.

2013
An independent evaluation of the Too Good for Drugs school-based prevention education program demonstrates the program’s effectiveness in reducing drug use and increasing protective factors among 6th graders. Study published in the Journal of Drug Education.

CASEL (the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) recognizes Too Good for Violence K-5 as an effective social and emotional learning program.

Social Perspectives, the revised edition of Too Good for Violence for Middle School, is launched. For the first time, an expansion pack edition is offered to supplement the Too Good for Drugs program at each Middle School grade.

2012
The Revised Edition of Too Good for Drugs in Middle School is launched.

Celebrating Healthy Choices is introduced to provide schools and community agencies a fun and interactive learning program for special school year celebrations like Red Ribbon Week.

2010
The Mendez Foundation celebrates the 25th anniversary of the "Too Good for Drugs Walk" with 5,000 children and their families and a host of community partners including Hillsborough County Public Schools, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and the City of Tampa.

2008
Too Good for Drugs and Too Good for Violence are both reviewed and listed on NREPP – SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.

Revised Edition of Too Good for Drugs & Violence - High School is introduced.

2006
Too Good for Drugs, Too Good for Violence, and Too Good for Drugs & Violence are reviewed and determined to meet evidence standards for character education intervention by the Institute for Education Studies' What Works Clearinghouse

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) lists Too Good for Violence on its Model Programs Guide.

2003
The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) lists Too Good for Drugs on its Model Programs Guide to evidenced-based, scientifically-proven programs that can make a difference the lives of children and communities.

2001
Independent evaluations of Too Good for Drugs, Too Good for Violence, Too Good for Drugs & Violence - High School, and Too Good for Drugs & Violence - After School demonstrate the positive effects of these programs on student attitudes and behavior.

2000
To ring in the new millennium, the Mendez Foundation introduces two exciting new prevention programs. Too Good for Drugs & Violence - High School is an evidence based prevention education program designed to equip high school students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to remain safe and drug-free. Too Good for Drugs & Violence -- Staff Development examines the role teachers play in helping to prevent youth violence and use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Participants learn evidence-based prevention education practices and strategies for keeping students balanced, safe and drug-free.

1999
The Mendez Foundation develops the Too Good for Drugs & Violence - After-School Activites program, featuring fun, age-specific activities designed to be used in after-school settings, such as recreation centers, community centers, and Boys and Girls Clubs.

1998
The Mendez Foundation introduces Too Good for Drugs II, a revised, updated version of the popular Too Good for Drugs program. Based on the most current prevention research, Too Good for Drugs II takes our vital prevention message beyond the classroom and into the home and community.

1996
YANKEE DAY! The Mendez Foundation forms a partnership with the New York Yankees...and together they establish an annual event which gives thousands of children from the City of Tampa Recreation Centers the opportunity to enjoy a professional game with the Tampa Yankees.

1995
A Peace-Able Place, our popular violence prevention program, is introduced. Now known as Too Good for Violence and Social Perspectives, this program meets character education guidelines and teaches children that they have what it takes to resolve conflicts without violence.

1993
President Bill Clinton visits Tampa, Florida, and is presented with an A Peace-Able Place t-shirt from the Mendez Foundation.

1989
The "Summer Parks Program" begins. Through grants from the Govenor's Office and the City of Tampa, the Mendez Foundation brings its message to kids at 18 City of Tampa Recreation Centers, using games, skits and music to teach kids that they are Too Good for Drugs!

1986
The Mendez Foundation initiates the first annual "Too Good for Drugs Walk" in Tampa. This event, which includes many family-oriented activities, has consistently drawn thousands of children and adults every year.

1985
The National Football League forms a cooperative partnership with the Mendez Foundation; 11 NFL teams fund the implementation of Too Good for Drugs in the schools of their respective cities. Over the next several years, Mendez staff travels to these NFL cities to train teachers to implement the program.

1984
Too Good for Drugs is made available on a national basis; Mendez Foundation trainers begin traveling around the country training teachers to deliver the programs to students.

1980
The Mendez Foundation begins hiring full-time prevention Specialists to deliver Too Good for Drugs in Tampa-area schools.

1978
The Mendez Foundation introduces its first educational drug prevention program, Too Good for Drugs, primarily to serve 6th grade students in Tampa-area schools.

1967
Charles E. Mendez, Jr., becomes President of the Mendez Foundation, continuing and expanding his father's work. In 1975, Mr. Mendez redirects the Foundation's efforts to address the growing drug abuse problem in the United States. Recognizing the need to be focused, he embarks on a program of prevention education serving 6th grade children.

1964
Charles E. Mendez, Sr., a Florida businessman, establishes the C.E. Mendez Foundation to support local charitable organizations whose purpose is to help children and families improve their lives.