All Stars is a school- and community-based intervention that is designed to help middle-school students deter and delay the onset of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalant, and other substance use behaviors. The program also addresses prosocial behaviors that help students get along with each other and, at the discretion of the teacher, addresses postponing premature sexual activity.
Core components of All Stars include 1) normative education sessions that focus on promoting positive norms among classmates; 2) idealism sessions that target lifestyle incongruence and promote planning for a positive future that is free of risky behaviors; 3) sessions that encourage students to develop voluntary commitments that are publicly shared; 4) bonding to school through planned positive interactions with the teacher; and 5) parental attentiveness, which is encouraged through take-home assignments that promote positive discussions with parents or other trusted adults.
All Stars is designed to be interactive and engaging, using structured discussions, small-group activities, art projects, and games to encourage participation. All Stars Core includes 13, 45-minute sessions delivered on a weekly basis by teachers, prevention specialists, or community-based staff. All Stars Booster consists of nine, 45-minute sessions that reinforce lessons learned in the previous year and is designed to be implemented a year after the All Stars Core program. All Stars Plus consists of 12, 45-minute sessions designed to expand instruction to include three additional topics—decision making, goal setting, and peer-pressure-resistance skills training—and is intended as an option for the third year of the intervention. Supplemental parenting information is available that provides tips on how to promote monitoring and supervision, develop positive relationships, set standards and expectations, and provide parental support throughout adolescence.