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Positive Action

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Program Info

Outcome Areas
Healthy and Safe Children

Youths not using alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs
Children and youth not engaging in violent behavior or displaying serious conduct problems

Topic Areas

     Age of Child
       Early Childhood (0-8)
       Middle Childhood (9-12)
     Type of Setting
       Elementary School
       Middle School
       High School
     Type of Service
       Instructional Support
       Parent Education
       Youth Development
     Type of Outcome Addressed
       Behavior Problems
       Substance Use and Dependence
       Violent Behavior

Evidence Level  (What does this mean?)
Other Reviewed Programs

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Program Overview

Positive Action is a comprehensive program that seeks to increase academic achievement for students in all grades as well as improve behavior such as decreased drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and reducing incidents of violent behavior or misconduct. The program can be provided universally within a school or community, or can be provided to a targeted group of high-risk students. The program brings together the participating students, their school, family, and community to positively affect the students in physical, intellectual, social and emotional ways.

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Program Reviews

The Positive Action program has not yet been thoroughly reviewed by PPN, but preliminary review suggests it may be effective at improving outcomes for the indicators listed above.

This program is highly regarded by other credible organizations and reviews of the program can be found online at the websites listed below:

SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

USDOE: Exemplary and Promising Safe, Disciplined, and Drug Free Schools Programs 2001, pp. 101-103PDF file

USDOE What Works Clearinghouse

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