Healthy Environments in Schools Action Team (HESAT)


  • Advocates for Youth-Curricula and Education Programs : Advocates' education programs are packed with complete guides to implementation, interactive exercises, participant handouts, supplemental leaders' resources, and more!
  • Preventing Abuse and Violence Through Education (PAVE) : "The goal of Cornerstone's PAVE program is to raise awareness about and prevent domestic violence through classroom presentations, as well as offering supportive small-group and one-to-one sessions where students can work through the impact of the violence they have experienced, witnessed, or caused." Our experience in the classroom providing comprehensive violence prevention curricula as well as providing direct service to youth since 1994 has informed our work creating and implementing the KNOW ABUSE" curriculum.
  • Say it Straight (SIS) : Say It Straight (SIS) is a research-based education and training program that results in empowering communication skills and behaviors, increased self-awareness, self-efficacy, personal and social responsibility, positive relationships and quality of life; and decreased alienation, risky or destructive behaviors, such as alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, eating disorders, bullying, violence, precocious sexual behavior and behaviors leading to HIV/AIDS.
  • TeenWise Minnesota: The Source on Adolescent Sexual Health and Parenting: Curriculum Review : A collection of resources. The following sexuality education and HIV/STI prevention resources (curricula, manuals and videos) have been reviewed by the Minnesota Sexuality Education Resource Review Panel (MSERRP), the federal review panel required by the Centers for Disease Control. MSERRP evaluated all resources on this list using specific, research-based criteria for effective sexuality education and HIV prevention programs. Each resource review summary includes the panel's recommendation regarding use of the resource, a summary of its strengths and limitations, and a rating on each criterion.


  • CyberSmart! Cyberbullying package: An NSBA and CyberSmart! Resource : "In developing these lessons, CyberSmart! adopted an integrated approach, examining all current research findings and using best practices from the fields of cyber security, school violence prevention, and character education to impact behavioral change. Together, these materials offer schools the opportunity to begin a dialogue with students and build a sustained cyberbullying prevention campaign to continually remind the school community about safe, ethical online use."

Nonviolence/Conflict Resolution

Social-Emotional Development

  • Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices : Kids Making Healthy Choices is a school-based prevention program that seeks to develop social-emotional skills such as self-control, problem-solving, and healthy decision making in children ages 3-8 in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.
  • Incredible Years Series : 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.
  • Learning to Get Along Picture Book Series : "Our Learning to Get Along series helps children learn, understand, and practice basic social and emotional skills. Real-life situations, lots of diversity, and concrete examples make these read-aloud books appropriate for childcare settings, schools, and the home. Each book includes a special section for adults, with discussion questions, games, activities, and tips that reinforce the skills and ideas being taught."

Substance Abuse Reduction

  • Building Assets--Reducing Risks (BARR) : Building Assets--Reducing Risks (BARR) is a multifaceted school-based prevention program designed to decrease the incidence of substance abuse (tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs), academic failure, truancy, and disciplinary incidents among 9th-grade youth.

Violence/Bullying Prevention

  • Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum for Grades Pre-8 : A Violence Prevention Curriculum is designed to reduce impulsive and aggressive behavior in children by increasing their social competency skills. The program is composed of three grade-specific curricula: preschool/kindergarten (Pre/K), elementary school (grades 1-5), and middle school (grades 6-8). The curricula are designed for teachers and other youth service providers to present in a classroom or other group setting. A parent education component, 'A Family Guide to Second StepĀ®' for Pre/K through grade 5, is also available.
  • Violence Prevention Works!: Bullying is a Serious Issue : "Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power. Most often, it is repeated over time. School bullying takes on many forms, and it is done by both girls and boys." Sections include Recognizing Bullying, What is Cyber Bullying, The Impact of Bullying, Bullying and Sexual Orientation, Helping a Child who is Bullied, and Bullying Prevention Resources.
  • Violence Prevention Works!: Safer Schools, Safer Communities : Create safer schools and safer communities with proven programs that address youth violence.

Welcoming Environments

  • Curricula (Welcoming Schools) : This link contains a a few of the lesson plans included in the Welcoming Schools Guide. These lesson plans focus on embracing family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and ending bullying and name-calling. To see a complete list of the lesson plans available in the Guide, view the grids under 'Aligning Lesson Plans to Grade Levels and Standards.'
  • Defenders of Clearview School : Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health's latest bully prevention curriculum is now available online and on CD. Intended for grades K-6, the curriculum addresses the following issues: the difference between HURTFUL and FUN, SILLY TEASING; the difference between TATTLING and REPORTING; how to USE YOUR WORDS when facing a bully; making SAFE CHOICES when being bullied; ways to RESPOND to different types of bullies. For the interactive kid's game, go to

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