The Home Run Against Drugs initiative is a universal social and emotional learning intervention to promote the development of positive behavioral, academic and mental health outcomes in youth.
This 6 week program includes a complete Home Run Against Drugs curriculum.
Concepts for Children
- Building self-esteem: self awareness, social awareness and self management
- Goal Setting - success in school
- Health promotion - promote well-being through nutrition and exercise
- Refusal skills - resist peer pressure while maintaining self respect
- Responsible decision making - critical-thinking activities on peer pressure
Literacy Skills Development
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
For more information about the Home Run Against Drugs, contact Executive Director, Kemi Pogue, at 914-236-8595 or email@example.com.
Children are being exposed to the messages, attitudes, values and
beliefs of the family system and communities that they are born into
on a daily basis, for many years before there is any kind of
standardized, comprehensive, HRAD prevention message being
disseminated to them. This needs to change!
Home Run Against Drugs Give-a-Book program helps to build and reinforce resiliency skills for substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion in children in 3rd and 4th grade.
The program also seeks to develop social-emotional skills such as self-control, problem-solving, and healthy decision-making.
The students receive a 45-minute introduction to the Home Run Against Drugs Message. There is active role-playing pertaining to goal setting and the format is largely interactive for the students. The introduction of “Homer” is certainly the highlight of the event, allowing children to see and meet Homer. Each student receives a personalized book at the end of the assembly.
A follow up 6 week curriculum has been developed to allow further reinforcement of the principles learned while in the assembly. Each child will receive an activity/workbook and the facilitator may teach the modules pertaining to each curriculum strand. With the curriculum, a model of a baseball diamond is used and each child will receive a sticker to place on the diamond to display their progress towards their goal of reaching home plate and hitting a Home Run! Each module completion takes him or her step by step from being “on deck” to reaching each base and home plate safely.
At the completion of the program, each child receives a certificate of accomplishment and membership into the S.T.R.I.K.E. Force.
Students define self-esteem and discuss ways to respect others differences. Self-awareness and self-advocacy is an important life skill that helps students take control of their well being.
Students learn the importance of setting goals, the goal setting process and establish a personal goal. By making a goal, it gives them a concrete endpoint to aim for and get excited about.
The students discuss the value of their body and minds, proper nutrition/exercise and encourage to live a healthy lifestyle. It motivates students to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease, and reduce risky behaviors.
Students learn the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. They learn the difference between "good drugs" and "bad drugs" and different ways to SAY NO!
Students learn and discuss the importance of making the right decisions. Examples are given and students make a pledge to HIT A HOME RUN AGAINST DRUGS and to live a healthy lifestyle!
Each student receives their own personalized book, Homer and Me.
These books not only reinforce the anti-drug messages from the assembly, but also help to promote literacy, and gives parents an opportunity to speak to their child about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
In observance of National Red Ribbon Week, we will collaborate to lead and support our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy,
drug free youth. It is observed October 23rd - 31st 2019
In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month and National Prevention Week, Home Run Against Drugs held our 3rd Annual Give-a-Book program at Alice E. Grady Elementary School in Elmsford, NY!
In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month and National Prevention Week, Home Run Against Drugs held our 1st Annual Give-a-Book program at Oakside Elementary School in Peekskill, NY!
In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month and National Prevention Week, Home Run Against Drugs held our 1st Annual Give-a-Book program at Lady of Mount Carmel School in Elmsford, NY!
In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month and National Prevention Week, Home Run Against Drugs held our 2nd Annual Home Run Against Drugs Family Night/Give-a-Book program at Claremont Elementary School in Ossining, NY!
In observance of National Awareness Month, Home Run Against Drugs held our 2st Annual Give-a-Book program at Alice E. Grady Elementary School in Elmsford, NY!
In observance of National Nutrition Month, Home Run Against Drugs held our 1st Annual Home Run Against Drugs Family Night/Give-a-Book program at Claremont Elementary School in Ossining, NY!
In observance of National Nutrition Month, Home Run Against Drugs held our 1st Annual Give-a-Book program at Alice E. Grady Elementary School in Elmsford, NY!
The goal of our S.T.R.I.K.E. after school program is to start teaching resilience in kids early.
Our comprehensive program, through fun and enriching activities, focuses on:
Self-Esteem - character development younger adolescents need at a critical stage in their life.
Goal setting - learning to discover what it is they value and want to achieve.
Healthy choices - emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity to improved overall well-being and develop healthy relationships.
Refusal skills - age appropriate prevention and education addressing problems such as drug and alcohol use.
Decision making - problem solving vs. decision making, characteristics of good decision makers and values.
Consequences - learning self control, ways to foster learning from mistakes and growth mindset development.
At the completion of the program, each student will receive a personalized book, certificate of completion and reflection program/celebration.
The after school program can be tailored to 3rd - 12th grade students
The family plays a key part in both preventing and intervening with substance use and misuse, both through inducing risk, and/or encouraging and promoting protection and resilience. Families receive a 45 minute program based off the Give-a-Book model and dinner. The parents/caregivers are educated on how they play a significant role in positive youth development. They also participate in activities such as trauma informed yoga and receive a certificate joining the S.T.R.I.K.E. Force!
Home Run Against Drugs participates in community events throughout Westchester County that align with our mission and goals. We also provide family-based and school-based programs and partner with drug coalitions/police departments and other community organizations through events and programs that strengthen communities.
Home Run Against Drugs will be hosting the short film RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope in communities throughout Westchester County.