Initiative Description: Positive Action (PA) is an evidence-based program for elementary-, middle-, and high-school students that attempts to enhance protective factors (e.g., school attendance, academic achievement) and minimize risk factors (e.g., substance use, aggression, depression, anxiety).
Study Results: Participation in Positive Action led to improvements in school climate, which influenced alcohol use, aggression, depression, and anxiety.
Reference: Stalker, K. C., Wu, Q., Evans, C. B. R., & Smokowski, P. R. (2018). The impact of the positive action program on substance use, aggression, and psychological functioning: Is school climate a mechanism of change? Children & Youth Services Review, 84, 143-151. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.11.020
Level of Evidence: Very Good