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All Stars Core

The central program in the All Stars series is All Stars Core.

All Stars Core is a research-based program based on over 25 years of research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and practical experience. It is listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Program and Practices and was shown to have the greatest cost-benefit returns among prevention programs. In addition, when integrated into health education, All Stars Core aligns with the National Health Education Standards.

The program is designed to delay the onset of risky behaviors including drinking, drug use and early sexual involvement. It was recently updated and now includes discussions specifically about opioids and prescription drugs.

All Stars Core targets the five strategies research has shown to have the greatest impact on delaying the onset of risky behaviors with middle school age students:

  • Building idealism and a belief in the future 
  • Establishing positive norms 
  • Establishing personal commitments to avoid risky behaviors 
  • Promoting bonding to school or the group 
  • Promoting positive parent/adult attention

All Stars Core is student-centered and encourages a high level of student engagement and hands-on learning. The program is process-based (not informational-based) allowing every group of students to make it about them and for them.

The program includes: 

  • Thirteen 45-minute highly interactive lessons, involving games, an art project, the making of a video and small and large group discussions.
  • A public celebration at the conclusion of the program.
  • Four opportunities for students and a trusted adult to talk about future aspirations and commitments.

Core is designed to be delivered when students are between 11 and 13 years old (sixth or seventh grade). The program has proven effective in both classroom and community-based settings.

Would you like a free preview copy of the All Stars Core curriculum? Request your preview copy to Anne by calling 336-601-9909 or at


(Download a PDF of the All Stars Core Logic Model)