Model Program

Too Good for Violence

Mendez Foundation
601 South Magnolia Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
http://www.mendezfoundation.org/

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Contact Information:
Regina Birrenkott
800.750.0986
rbirrenkott@mendezfoundation.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Preschool
Elementary
Middle School
High School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Too Good for Violence (TGFV) is a school-based violence prevention/character education program that improves student behavior and minimizes aggression. TGFV helps students in kindergarten through 12th grade learn the skills they need to get along peacefully with others. In both content and teaching methods, the program teaches students positive attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. It builds skills sequentially and at each grade level provides developmentally appropriate curricula designed to address the most significant risk and protective factors. TGFV promotes what it calls a "C.A.R.E.-ing" approach to violence prevention by teaching Conflict resolution, Anger management, Respect for self and others, and Effective communication.

Program Descriptors Include:
Behavior Management/Discipline, Bullying/Violence, Family/Parental Involvement, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk social behavior
  • Misbehavior

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Teachers
Counselors
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD
Instructional Texts/Manuals

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Five studies conducted by independent evaluators have examined the effectiveness of TGFV, primarily examining pre-/post-test comparisons between treatment and control groups. Teachers generally observed significantly more prosocial behaviors by students. Among high school students, grades 912, there were reductions in intentions to: drink alcohol, smoke marijuana , and fight.

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies