The Fourth R

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The Fourth R is a skills-focused and relationship-based program for Grades 7, 8 and 9 Health Physical Education (HPE). Each grade level curriculum document includes units on:  Personal Safety & Injury Prevention Substance Use, Addictions & Related Behaviours Human Development & Sexual Health Healthy Eating This relationship-based approach is a program aimed at preventing the following adolescent violence and related risk behaviours: Peer and dating violence, Substance misuse, and Unhealthy sexual behaviour.  Importantly, many of these behaviours overlap because they occur in the context of relationships. The Fourth R program addresses these adolescent risk behaviours by focusing on relationship goals and challenges that influence their decision-making. The lessons are adapted to the length of elementary or secondary periods.  There are a number of versions that support public, Catholic, French, and Indigenous classrooms.

Key Outcomes: Understanding & Managing Oneself, Reducing Risk Behaviours
Already in Schools: No
Cost: $ (<$100)
Provider: Educator
Training Requirements: Training Optional
Parent Involvement: Not Involved
Origin: Canada 

Notes About this Intervention:

  • Curriculum available to download online.
  • Inserted into the curriculum under the Health & Physical Education or English courses for 26-28 sessions.
  • Training is available online for free.

Source: The Fourth R

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