School Programs

Too Good for Drugs and Violence After-School Program

Too Good for Drugs and Violence After-School Program is implemented in Island Trees elementary, middle, and high schools and is delivered by dedicated health teachers and student volunteers to help students develop coping skills, build self-esteem, and enhance mental, physical, and emotional health while having fun!

Too Good is a comprehensive family of evidence-based substance use and violence prevention interventions designed to mitigate the risk factors linked to problem behaviors and build protection within the child to resist problem behaviors.

Too Good develops and reinforces a comprehensive skills framework including setting reachable goals, making responsible decisions, identifying and managing emotions, and effectively communicating. The program promotes peer-pressure refusal, pro-social peer bonding, and peaceful conflict resolution skills. 

Too Good programs are universal prevention interventions that target children and adolescents Grades K-12 and build the basis for a safe, supportive, and respectful learning environment.

Teen Intervene is a nationally recognized, evidence-based curriculum administered by Levittown social workers in partnership with YES Community Counseling Center. Implemented in all Island Trees middle and high schools, this curriculum focuses on building a healthy foundation for youth to make healthy choices. Resources such as student workbooks are provided to students through LCAC in both Spanish and English to ensure all students in our school districts have access to linguistically appropriate material. 

Teen Intervene

Teen Intervene is an early intervention program targeting 12- to 19-year-olds who display the early stages of alcohol or drug use problems (e.g., using or possessing drugs during school) but do not use these substances daily or demonstrate substance dependence. Integrating the stages of change theory, motivational enhancement, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, this intervention aims to help teens reduce and ultimately eliminate their alcohol and other drug use.

The Teen Intervene model integrates a variety of techniques to establish behavior change goals with the adolescent. Teen Intervene is designed to help youth:

  • Learn new skills that promote healthier behaviors
  • Take responsibility for self-change
  • Understand the treatment approach
  • Use the treatment session(s) effectively

Red Watch Band

The most recent NIAAA statistics estimate that 1,519 college students die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes and overdoses.31These deaths are preventable, and they can be prevented by fellow students. 

The Red Watch Band bystander training is a two-hour course that provides students with the knowledge, awareness, and skills to prevent toxic drinking deaths.

The mission of the Red Watch Band is to provide students of the college/high school community with the knowledge, awareness, and skills to prevent toxic drinking deaths and to promote a student culture of kindness, responsibility, compassion, and respect. 

LCAC supports this program, which was designed by Dr. Shirley Kenney in 2008. Dr. Kenney was the President of Stony Brook University and a doctor at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Along with Milton Glazer, a prolific graphic artist, Dr. Kenney collaborated with alcohol and drug specialists and colleagues from the Office of Student Affairs to provide a comprehensive intervention program for Stony Brook students. It is also being offered to High School students.

The Red Watch Band curriculum has been implemented in the Levittown and Island Trees School Districts for 12th graders.