Too Good for Drugs

The training will be offered on January 26 and January 27, 2023, 8:30am-3:30pm.  Participants need attend only one day; the content is the same each day.  The training will be held in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
8789 Plum Drive
Urbandale IA 50322
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The Too Good trainings combine evidence-based prevention strategies and proven best practices to give the participants the skills, knowledge base, and confidence to deliver the programs effectively. Attending a curriculum training is the first step in the Too Good fidelity model. The trainer will cover how to implement the Too Good program including the program components, how the lessons are set up, the importance of delivering with fidelity, and sample lessons delivered by the trainer and by the participants. The trainer will provide training materials and handouts.

There is a maximum of 30 participants and a minimum of 10 participants for each session. Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

Training Goal
The goal of the training is to prepare the program teachers to effectively implement the Too Good programs with confidence and fidelity by providing them with greater knowledge and understanding of the program.

Training Objectives
During the course of the training, participants will:

  • Explore the research and rationale behind the Too Good programs
  • Understand the scope and sequence of the Too Good programs
  • Correlate the relationship between social skill development and risky behavior
  • Learn how to teach social emotional learning skills and prevention strategies through interactive, developmentally appropriate lessons and activities
  • Become familiar with the curriculum components, materials, and lesson design
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience delivering the Too Good program activities
  • Explore the sequential development of skills and concepts through each grade level
  • Learn how to provide students with the skills to resist substance use, develop self- and social-awareness, avoid aggressive behaviors and resist negative peer pressure and influence
  • Discuss strategies for successful implementation and the use of evaluation instruments and teacher fidelity checklists

Meet the Trainer
Tracy Lewis is the Training Services Coordinator at the C.E. Mendez Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing substance use, bullying, and violence in children and adolescence to promote health and well-being. The Mendez Foundation serves its mission through the development and dissemination of its nationally recognized and implemented evidence-based Too Good for Drugs and Too Good for Violence programs which develop self-efficacy and interpersonal skills to build protection in children Grades K-12 to mitigate the risk factors associated with substance use and aggressive behavior. As part of the Mendez Foundation’s training team, Tracy develops and implements the national training program for the Too Good programs. Tracy earned a Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida and resides in Tampa.




There is a maximum of 30 participants and a minimum of 10 participants for each session. Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 11, 2023.