Program Evaluation Summary
The BIS Kids program follows the model of the Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG) Program, which is a unique, multicultural, evidence-based, preventive intervention for indicated populations. The program is designed for children aged 7-12, whose high-risk situations, attitudes, and behaviors place them at an elevated risk for future behavioral and health problems;
such as substance abuse, delinquency, and violence.
This support group modality sets the CBSG apart from other preventive interventions. Children meet in confidential, small group settings and are taught a set of essential life skills, such as how to cope with difficult family situations, resist negative peer pressure, respect others, set and achieve goals, make healthy choices, and refuse alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. All staff has been trained in the CBSG model in addition to using their curriculum and workbooks.
The CBSG Program is curriculum-based and has been recognized by the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Empirical studies show that the CBSG Program reduces early substance use and experimentation, anti-social attitudes, and rebellious behaviors, and increases anti-drug-use attitudes and
intentions, and coping and social skills.
The CBSG® (Curriculum-Based Support Group) Program increases resilience in order to build positive futures by creating meaningful connections with children experiencing adversity, trauma, anxiety, and toxic stress through Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).
During unexpected times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, anxiety, and toxic stress are linked to stress-related emotional, social, and health problems by overwhelming a child’s coping abilities. Evidence-based, facilitator-led SEL curriculum, delivered in a support group format, helps children increase
personal resilience by promoting healthy social, emotional, and decision-making competencies. In addition, the SEL curriculum aims to assist children in avoiding anti-social, rebellious, and delinquent behaviors, including substance use, misuse, and disorders.
Since 2007, the BIS Kids program has supported the social, emotional, and mental health of more than 4000 children in the Southern California area. Our program proudly offers SEL classes at no cost to children or their families.
Domains & Major Messages
Self-Awareness: I AM likable, capable, unique, and valued.
Social Awareness & Competence: I CAN treat others like I want to be treated.
Relationship Skills: I HAVE meaningful relationships and people who care about me.
Responsible Decision Making: I WILL make healthy, responsible decisions.
Sense of Purpose & Future: I BELIEVE in my purpose and future.
BIS Kids Program Outcomes
Build friendships and have a sense of belonging and connectedness.
Learn to cope with stress, anger, anxiety, and other difficult feelings in a healthy way.
Experience less isolation and know that you are not alone.
Have the caring support of a safe, trustworthy adult.
Understand that it is okay to ask for, accept and give help.
Experience non-judgmental support in a safe, confidential setting.
Understand that decisions have consequences (negative and positive).
Increase hope, optimism, and personal resiliency.
Learn from each other.
Be a kid and have fun!
The BIS Kids program participants demonstrate an increase in anti-substance use attitudes and intentions, improved classroom behavior and academic success, hope for the future, problem-solving skills, self-awareness, confidence when giving and receiving help, positive
behaviors and self-control, coping skills linking behaviors and consequences, healthy and responsible decision making, positive relationships, and empathy. Participation also promotes sustained psychosocial competence and has a strong potential to help set a more positive life trajectory, which ultimately increases the chances of living a healthier and more productive life.
“Our youth need a way to talk about their issues and problems. Not just academically, or what is going on at school, but what is going on inside of them. The BIS Kids Program really brings this out in a healthy, fun, safe, and non-judgmental way.” Leslie Cox LCSW, Irvine CA.
“I have seen firsthand the incredible impact BIS Kids can have. When you see an increase in grades and attendance and a decrease in disciplinary referrals, you know what a fabulous curriculum you have to help students live in adverse situations.” Jenna Landero, Principal Oak View Elementary School, Huntington Beach, CA.
“BIS Kids has been a blessing for all of us, not just for my kids. I love absolutely everything about BIS Kids! My kids have learned to open up more about their feelings. I have also noticed a positive change in them, especially because they were stressed out because of the whole
pandemic” Anonymous BIS Kids Parent, Dana Point, CA.