Skills for Adolescence
Skills for Adolescence (SFA) is based on highly
targeted research of students in grades 6-8. Included
are "Making Healthy Choices" units covering
drug, alcohol and tobacco use; interactive, student-focused
lessons; sessions on anger, conflict and stress management;
and cross-curricular activities to encourage team-teaching.
This extensive curriculum has been expanded to help
students manage conflict and anger and to help teachers
and administrators deal with the critical issue of bullying.
Supplemental bullying prevention lessons, developed
in 2009, can be found in the Curriculum Updates section of this Web site.
Our 40-session "Introduction to Skills" implementation
model was proven effective by a rigorous evaluation study
conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
However, we recommend the school-wide model as the optimum
implementation model because the entire school community creates
and sustains a shared vision for positive youth development.
Similarly, we recommend the three-year models as our ideal
models because they provide "booster lessons" and
continuous practice that reinforce the skill-building potential
throughout the middle school experience. When the three-year
model is not possible, we have seen much success with the
two-and one-year models as well.
All options, from one to three years, include one lesson
per week taught as a 45-minute class or split into two
20-30 minutes classes. Three lessons per month are scheduled
for a total of 30 lessons per school year. Unit coverage
varies according to time frame. Visit Program
Resources to view a variety of curriculum maps and
state learning standards correlation guides.
Grade 6-8 Products
Skills for Adolescence for Out-of-School Time - New!
Skills for Adolescence for Out-of-School Time
(SFA for OST) is adapted from Lions Quests highly-rated
middle school curriculum to provide staff with a positive
youth development program that meets the unique demands
of out-of-school time settings. The program is comprised
of 33 social and emotional learning lessons, five service-learning
lessons, three online bullying prevention lessons, 116
reinforcement activities, and numerous relationship-centered
learning community strategies and activities. These
selections, combined with newly-created implementation
tools, align with the six common elements of high-quality
OST programming, recognized by researchers and practitioners
as having the most influence on positive outcomes for
Included with the program manual is a copy of the Changes
and Challenges student activity book. A program
supplement is available for those who already have the
full SFA curriculum. On-site, experiential training
and a supportive webinar
series complete the program.
SFA for OST Products
for OST Brochure