Model / Evidence-based Violence Prevention Programs
Program Title Description 
Across Ages Across Ages is a mentoring program that pairs adult mentors over age 50 with youth ages 9 to 13. The goal of the program is to enhance the resiliency of children in order to promote positive development and prevent involvement in high-risk behaviors.
Aggression Replacement Training® (ART®) Aggression Replacement Training® (ART®) is a cognitive behavioral intervention program to help children and adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage an
Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders: Thinking and Acting To Prevent Violence A curriculum designed to prevent violence and inappropriate aggression among middle school youth, particularly those living in environments with high rates of exposure to violence.
All Stars A school-based program for middle school students (11-14 years old) designed to prevent and delay the onset of high-risk behaviors such as drug use, violence, and premature sexual activity.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS) Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) has been providing adult support and friendship to youth for nearly a century. A report in 1991 demonstrates that through BBBSA’s network of nearly 500 agencies across the country, more than 70,000 youth and adults were supervised in one-to-one relationships.
Botvin's Life Skills Training (LST) LifeSkills Training (LST) is a well researched, school-based substance abuse and violence prevention program, geared to upper elementary (beginning in grade 3) and junior high/middle school students.
Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) is a short-term, family-based therapeutic intervention model that targets children and adolescents aged 6 to 18 years.
Common Sense Parenting (CSP) The goal of Common Sense Parenting (CSP) program is to develop or enhance parenting skills that encourage positive behavior, discourage negative behavior, and teach alternatives to problem behavior
Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG) Program A support group intervention designed to increase resiliency and reduce risk factors among children and youth ages 4-15 who are identified by school counselors and faculty as being at elevated risk for early substance use and future delinquency and violence. This program teaches essential life skills and offers emotional support to help children and youth cope with difficult family situations; resist peer pressure; set and achieve goals; refuse alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; and reduce antisocial attitudes and rebellious behavior.
DARE to be You DARE to be You (DTBY) is a multilevel school, parent, and community program aimed at children ages 2 to 5 and their families.
Emergency Department Means Restriction Education An intervention for the adult caregivers of youth (aged 6 to 19 years) who are seen in an emergency department (ED) and determined through a mental health assessment to be at risk for committing suicide.
Families and Schools Together (FAST) Families and Schools Together (FAST) is a multifamily, group intervention designed to build protective factors for children while empowering their parents to be the primary prevention agents.
Fourth R: Skills for Youth Relationships A curriculum for 8th- and 9th-grade students that is designed to promote healthy and safe behaviors related to dating, bullying, sexuality, and substance use.
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an outcome-driven prevention/intervention program for youth who have demonstrated the entire range of maladaptive, acting out behaviors and related syndromes.
Get Real About Violence Get Real About Violence is a mixed-media prevention program for grades K–12 that helps schools and community-based organizations build a culture of nonviolence.
Guiding Good Choices (GGC) Formerly named Preparing for the Drug-Free Years, Families that Care—Guiding Good Choices ® (GGC) is a multimedia substance abuse prevention program that gives parents of children in grades 4–8 (ages 9–14) the knowledge and skills needed to guide their children through early adolescence.
KiVa Antibullying Program The KiVa Antibullying Program is a school-based program delivered to all students in grades One, Four, and Seven. The goal is to reduce school bullying and victimization via increasing empathy towards victims, raising awareness of the role thata  group plays in maintaing bullying. This program also works to increase children's skills in coping when they are victimized.
Life Skills Training (LST) Life Skills Training (LST) program dramatically reduces tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use.
Midwestern Prevention Project (MPP) The Midwestern Prevention Project (MPP) is a comprehensive, community-based, multi-faceted program for adolescent drug abuse prevention. The MPP involves an extended period of programming. Although initiated in a school setting, it goes beyond this setting into the family and community contexts.
Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) MTFC targets Teenagers with histories of chronic and severe criminal behavior at risk of incarceration and those with severe mental health problems at risk for psychiatric hospitalization.A cost effective alternative to group or residential treatment, incarceration, and hospitalization for adolescents who have problems with chronic antisocial behavior, emotional disturbance, and delinquency. 
Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment that addresses the multiple determinants of serious antisocial behavior in juvenile offenders. The multisystemic approach views individuals as being nested within a complex network of interconnected systems that encompass individual, family, and extrafamilial (peer, school, neighborhood) factors.
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) NFP consists of intensive and comprehensive home visitation by nurses during a woman’s pregnancy and the first two years after birth of the woman’s first child. While the primary mode of service delivery is home visitation, the program depends upon a variety of other health and human services in order to achieve its positive effects.
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (BPP) The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a universal intervention for the reduction and prevention of bully/victim problems. The main arena for the program is the school, and school staff has the primary responsibility for the introduction and implementation of the program.
Parenting Wisely Parenting Wisely is a self-administered, interactive, computer-based program that teaches parents important parenting and conflict management skills.
Parents as Teachers Parents as Teachers is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families from pregnancy to kindergarten.
Peers Making Peace Peers Making Peace is a peer-mediation program aimed at teaching students prosocial, peaceful conflict resolution skills.
Positive Action A nationally recognized, evidence-based program that focuses on improving youth academics, behavior, and character. PA relies on intrinsic motivation for developing and maintaining positive behavioral patterns and teaches the skills for learning and motivation for achieving success and happiness for everyone. 
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) uses a systems approach to establish the social environment and behavioral supports needed for a school to be an effective learning setting for all students.
Project ACHIEVE Project ACHIEVE is a comprehensive school reform and improvement program for preschool through high school youth targeting the academic and social development of all students.
Project ALERT Project ALERT is a school-based drug prevention curriculum for the middle grades. It focuses on preventing teenage non-users from experimenting with drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
Project Northland Project Northland is a multilevel school, parent, and community-wide program designed to delay the age at which youth begin drinking, reduce use among those already drinking, reduce alcohol-related problems, and limit the use of other drugs.
Project SUCCESS Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students) is a school-based intervention designed to prevent and reduce substance abuse among high-risk adolescents.
Project Towards No Drug Abuse (Project TND) Project Towards No Drug Abuse (Project TND) is an effective drug abuse prevention program that targets heterogeneous samples of high school-age youth. Reductions in cigarette smoking, alcohol use, marijuana use, hard drug use, and victimization have been revealed at one- and two-year follow-up periods.
Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS) The PATHS (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies) Curriculum is a comprehensive program for promoting emotional and social competencies and reducing aggression and behavior problems in elementary school-aged children while simultaneously enhancing the educational process in the classroom. 
Reconnecting Youth (RY) Reconnecting Youth: A Peer Group Approach to Building Life Skills (RY) is a school-based prevention program for youth in grades 9 through 12 (ages 14–18) at risk for potential school dropout.
Responding in Peaceful and Positive Ways (RiPP) A school-based violence prevention program for middle school students. RiPP is designed to be implemented along with a peer mediation program. Students practice using a social-cognitive problem-solving model to identify and choose nonviolent strategies for dealing with conflict.
Safe Dates A program designed to stop or prevent the initiation of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse on dates or between individuals involved in a dating relationship. Intended for male and female 8th- and 9th-grade students, the goals of the program include: (1) changing adolescent dating violence and gender-role norms, (2) improving peer help-giving and dating conflict-resolution skills, (3) promoting victim and perpetrator beliefs in the need for help and seeking help through the community resources that provide it, and (4) decreasing dating abuse victimization and perpetration.
SANKOFA Youth Violence Prevention Program A strengths-based, culturally tailored preventive intervention for African American adolescents ages 13-19. The goal of the school-based intervention is to equip youth with the knowledge, attitudes, skills, confidence, and motivation to minimize their risk for involvement in violence, victimization owing to violence, and other negative behaviors, such as alcohol and other drug use.
Second Step®: A Violence Prevention Curriculum Students are taught to reduce impulsive, high-risk, and aggressive behaviors and increase their socioemotional competence and other protective factors. Intended for use with a broad population of students, the program has proven effective in geographically diverse cities, in classrooms varying in ethnic/racial makeup (predominantly African-American, European-American, or highly racially mixed), and in schools with students of varied socioeconomic status.
SMARTteam A multimedia, computer-based violence prevention intervention designed for 6th through 9th graders (11-15 years of age). The program is based on social learning theory as well as a skill acquisition model that approaches learning as a five-stage process ranging from novice to expert, with learners at each stage having different needs.
Steps to Respect®: A Bullying Prevention Program  The program is designed to decrease school bullying problems by 1) increasing staff awareness and responsiveness, 2) fostering socially responsible beliefs, and 3) teaching social–emotional skills to counter bullying and promote healthy relationships. The program promotes skills (e.g., group joining, conflict resolution) associated with general social competence through three components: a schoolwide program guide, staff training, and classroom lessons.
Strengthening Families Program (SFP) The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) brings families the skills to increase resilience and to reduce risk factors for substance abuse, depression, violence and aggression, delinquency, and school failure.
Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) Nashville Student Assistance Program Based on an employee assistance model and provides comprehensive school-based prevention services for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Success in Stages® A bullying intervention package that draws on all students involved—victims, passive bystanders, and bullies themselves.  The program offers three different versions tailored for students in elementary, middle, or high school. The SIS program offers an interactive, Internet-based program that uses an “expert computer system” that combines a highly detailed knowledge base with a powerful inference engine to provide personalized feedback based on students responses. 
Teenage Health Teaching Modules (THTM)  A school-based health curriculum for students in grades 6-12, attempts to improve students' immediate and long-term health by impacting their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding critical adolescent health content areas, including alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; injury and violence prevention; and mental and emotional health.
Incredible Years: Parent, Teacher and Child Training Series (IYS) The Incredible Years Series is a set of three comprehensive, multi-faceted, and developmentally-based curriculums for parents, teachers and children designed to promote emotional and social competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavior and emotion problems in young children.
Leadership Program’s Violence Prevention Project  VPP is designed to increase peer support, improve conflict-resolution skills, and alter norms about using aggression and violence. The program uses skill-building exercises to improve students’ conflict-related attitudes and behaviors across a range of domains. Most VPP lessons concentrate on explicit instruction in the communication skills essential to conflict management, including active listening, “I” statements, and perspective talking. 
Too Good for Drugs Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) is a school-based prevention program designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use among students.
Too Good for Violence A school-based violence prevention and character education program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It is designed to enhance prosocial behaviors and skills and improve protective factors related to conflict and violence.
National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, Evidence-Based Program Fact Sheets,
National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, Evidence-Based Program Fact Sheets,
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, OJJDP Model Programs Guide, Type of Program: Bullying Conflict Resolution /Interpersonal Skills, Gang Prevention, Restorative Justice,
SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, 

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