A school-based violence prevention and character education program for students: Too Good for Violence (TGFV)

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Too Good for Violence (TGFV) was developed by the Mendez Foundation in Tampa, Florida, USA, to help students reduce risks, and increase protective factors related to violence and conflict. In the TGFV program, social and emotional learning is a critical focus for building protective factors, and the curriculum is designed to enhance socio-emotional skills that help to promote effective communication, problem solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, and prosocial behavior.

Developmentally-appropriate curricula are available for students in Kindergarten to 8th grade, and a separate high school curriculum is available for grades 9 to 12. Teachers (or any appointed adult in the school community) have to attend a 2-day training to deliver the program, which includes games, activities and role-plays.

Studies of the effectiveness of TGFV have shown positive effects on students’ emotional skills and conflict resolution skills. Reduced intentions amongst high school students to use tobacco, alcohol and drugs were also documented, and participants were observed to engage in a greater frequency of prosocial behavior. In addition, TGFV is recognized by CASEL as a “SELect” program.

Too Good for Violence is a companion program to Too Good for Drugs (TGFD). These two programs are combined into one at the high school level (“Too Good for Drugs & Violence High School”).