After School Programs

Evidence Based, Multi-Session Programs

Second Step: Pre K - Grade 5
This program is designed to reduce impulsive and aggressive behaviors while building social competence, empathy, and problem solving skills. Skill-building units cover empathy, impulse control, problem solving, and anger management.

PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) The Turtle Unit: Readiness & Self-Control Grade K - 1
A system for increasing self-control and decreasing impulsive behaviors will be established through the use of stories, role-plays, and the use of a turtle puppet.

Youth Matters: Mean Talk, Mean Acts: Teasing & Bullying Grades 4 - 6
Through video segments, stories and discussion, students learn how to respond to a bully, how to support someone who is being teased or bullied, and what to do if they are bystanders to a bully's abuse. Students are encouraged to think about why bullying happens and how it affects a child’s sense of self safety.

Tobacco Education Series

Fish Don't Smoke Grades K - 3
This program features hands on activities and visits from puppet friends. Facts and myths, values, and safety are explored in a fun and creative setting.

Tune Out Tobacco Grades 4 & 5
Students will participate in role-plays, art and other activities exploring ways to enjoy life and avoid tobacco.

Art as Prevention Series Developed by the Center for Humanistic Change

Appreciating Differences Through the Arts Grades 3 - 8
This is a 6-week diversity awareness program. Through theater activities and arts and crafts activities, students learn to appreciate social and cultural diversity. Topics include: cliques, stereotyping, perception, and empathy training.

The Art of Character Building Grades 3 - 8
This program is a 7-week visual arts program in which students work on developing and strengthening several building blocks of good character including: caring, kindness, honesty, fairness, self-control, respect, and responsibility. Students will use a variety of media and art techniques including painting, sculpture, pastels, drawing, print making and more!

Additional CHC Offerings:

Media & You, Media Awareness Grades 3 - 6
Students learn to sort mixed messages of the media, tricks of advertising-it's not always what it seems, and compare media life with real life. Students will participate in activities, games, & art activities. Students will also receive an information and activities booklet.

New Games All age groups
Students participate in interactive, non-competitive games. The goal is to practice cooperation among group members to reach a common goal. This program could be held outdoors or in a large indoor area.

Peacemaking Skills Grades ~ K - 2
This program empowers students to become better friends and to solve conflicts in a fair, non-violent manner by teaching basic conflict solving skills through the use of the I-Care Cat puppet and his five I-Care Rules, songs, stories, activities, and role play.

Creative Conflict Resolution Grades 3 - 6
Students will gain an understanding as to why conflicts occur and how conflicts escalate or de-escalate. With a main focus on skill building and conflict solving strategies, students will have many opportunities to practice these skills through role-play and various activities.

  • Second Step

    Second Step is a violence-preventin program designed to reduce impulsive and aggressive behaviors while building social competence, empathy, and problem solving skills. Skill-building units cover empathy, impulse control, problem solving, and anger management.

    Audience: Pre-K-Grade 5
    Program author: Committee for Children
    Evidence-based: Yes
    Number of sessions: multiple

  • PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) The Turtle Unit: Readiness & Self-Control Grade K - 1
    A system for increasing self-control and decreasing impulsive behaviors will be established through the use of stories, role-plays, and the use of a turtle puppet.

    Audience: K-Grade 1
    Program authors: Carol Kusche, Ph.D. and March Greenberg, Ph.D.
    Evidence-based: Yes
    Number of sesions: multiple

  • Youth Matters: Mean Talk, Mean Acts: Teasing & Bullying Through video segments, stories and discussion, students learn how to respond to a bully, how to support someone who is being teased or bullied, and what to do if they are bystanders to a bully's abuse. Students are encouraged to think about why bullying happens and how it affects a child’s sense of self safety.

    Audience: Grades 4 - 6
    Program author: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
    Evidence-based: Yes
    Number of sessions: multiple

  • Fish Don't Smoke

    This program features hands-on activities and visits from puppet friends. Facts and myths, values, and safety are explored in a fun and creative setting.

    Audience: Grades K-3
    Program author: CHC
    Evidence-based: No
    Number of sessions: multiple

  • Tune Out Tobacco

    Students participate in role-plays, art and various activities exploring ways to enjoy life and avoid tobacco.

    Audience: Grades 4-5
    Program author: CHC
    Evidence-based: No
    Number of sessions: multiple

  • Appreciating Differences Through the Arts Through theater activities and arts and crafts activities, students learn to appreciate social and cultural diversity. Topics include: cliques, stereotyping, perception, and empathy training.

    Audience: Grades 3-8
    Program author: CHC
    Evidence-based: No
    Number of sessions: 6

  • The Art of Building Character

    A visual arts program in which students work on developing and strengthening several building blocks of good character including: caring, kindness, honesty, fairness, self-control, respect, and responsibility. Students will use a variety of media and art techniques including painting, sculpture, pastels, drawing, print making and more!

    Audience: Grades 3-8
    Program author: CHC
    Evidence-based: No
    Number of sessions: 7