Project STOP Health Educators provide the nationally-recognized “Too Good For Drugs” (TGFD) curriculum. TGFD is a social and emotional learning (SEL) program, developed by the Mendez Foundation and approved by SAMHSA. The Too Good programs are guided by extensive research on the child/adolescent decision-making process, and the factors that influence their behavior.
Project STOP also offers a gender-specific curriculum, “VOICES – A program of self-discovery and self-empowerment for girls”, which focuses on the social and emotional development of girls. VOICES is designed using the foundational, evidence-based practice of Interactive Journaling and trauma-sensitive yoga (TSY). The VOICES curriculum assists in exploring themes of self, connecting, with others, healthy living and the journey ahead. Girls use writing and art to explore oneself and one’s purpose. Each session contains components to help girls become present, teachings on gender specific challenges, interactive discussions, experiential learning to try new tools, and TSY yoga poses. During participation, girls demonstrate lower levels of aggression, conduct problems, depression and anxiety. Post-intervention studies have shown declines in aggression, conduct problems, depression-anxiety, somatic complaints, and post-traumatic stress symptoms.
Project STOP (Substance-use, Tobacco, Outreach, Prevention) is seeking community partners to prevent onset and reduce progression of underage drinking, use of e-cigarettes and marijuana among children, youth and emerging adults aged 9 – 20 within Miami-Dade County. If you are interested in getting involved, please email ProjectStop@jcsfl.org