Program Factsheet

Positive Action

The Positive Action program provides a comprehensive, integrated approach for preventing problem behavior, promoting character development, and improving academic achievement among youth. The Positive Action philosophy is that “you feel good about yourself when you think and do positive actions, and there is always a positive way to do everything.” The program is grounded in the “Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle,” which illustrates the Positive Action founding principle: “positive thoughts lead to positive actions, positive actions lead to positive feelings about yourself, and positive feelings lead to more positive thoughts.” Positive Action teaches youth specific positive actions in the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social domains of life. Furthermore, the program helps youth identify positive feelings about themselves, learn to manage themselves, and treat others the way they want to be treated.


  • School
  • Community
  • Family

Developmental Phases

  • Early Childhood
  • Childhood
  • Early Adolescence
  • Adolescence

Related Constructs


Key Links

Positive Action, Inc. 264 4th Avenue, South Twin Falls, ID 83301

(p) 1-800-345-2974 (f) 208-733-1590 Email: Website:

How it Operates

The Positive Action philosophy and six unit concepts provide a foundation for the entire program. The Positive Action philosophy, grounded in the “Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle,” states that “our thoughts lead to actions, and those actions lead to feelings about ourselves, which lead to more thoughts.” This pattern can be either positive or negative.

Positive Action’s six unit concepts provide the framework through which positive actions for the mind, body, and feelings are presented throughout all program components. The six unit concepts are: (1) Self-Concept: What Is It, How It’s Formed, and Why It’s Important; (2) Positive Actions for Your Body and Mind; (3) Managing Yourself Responsibly; (4) Treating Others the Way You Like to Be Treated; (5) Telling Yourself the Truth; and (6) Improving Yourself Continually.

Building on this foundation, there are five main program components through which the Positive Action program comes to life: a classroom curriculum, a school-climate program, a counselor program, a parent program, and a community program. Although these Positive Action program components can be effectively implemented separately or in any combination, the program components, as a whole, are designed to work seamlessly and simultaneously across a variety of settings, including schools, families, and community settings.

The Positive Action PreK-12 classroom curriculum provides the core sets of materials through which the Positive Action program directly reaches youth. The Positive Action PreK-12 curriculum includes a number of “curriculum kits,” including Instructor’s Curriculum Kits, PreK-6 Curriculum Kits, 7-8 Curriculum Kits, High School Kits I-IV for grades 9-12, and supplemental kits including the Grade 5 Drug Education Supplement Kit, Middle School Drug Education Supplement Kits, and the Conflict Resolution Kit. Altogether, the Positive Action PreK-12 classroom curriculum contains over 1,200 lessons that use a variety of methodologies for all learning styles and can be implemented throughout a whole school and/or school district.

The Positive Action school-climate development kits, including the Elementary Climate Development Kit and Secondary Climate Development Kit, tie together and reinforce program activities school-wide. Everyone involved with the school, including leaders, teachers, parents, and support staff, is united under the Positive Action program with the climate development kits, creating a dynamic school-wide environment.

The Positive Action Counselor’s Kit provides lessons for counselors and therapists to use when interacting with youth for educational and therapeutic purposes. The Counselor’s Kit can be adapted for use in individually-, group-, family-, and classroom-based formats.

The Positive Action family curriculum promotes family involvement and assists families in developing their own positive actions as individuals, family members, parents, and community members. Curriculum kits include the Family Kit, Condensed Family Kit, Family Classes Instructor’s Kit, and Parents Classes Instructor’s Kit, designed to be completed with parents only.

The Positive Action Community/Coalition Kit promotes involvement at the community-wide level. The kit is used to organize community-wide events and engage various community groups to do their own independent Positive Action projects. Instructional guides are included to involve various community groups such as media, businesses, health, welfare, faith-based, government, and others.

Training Required

Training services are offered by Positive Action, Inc. Several training workshop options are available, including on-site implementation training by Positive Action trainers, training of trainers on-site at the school/district/learning center, training of trainers hosted by Positive Action, Inc., training through another organization’s training workshop, self-training workshops, and webinar training. For more information on training, including current workshop prices, contact Positive Action administrators directly or view their training services webpage. Positive Action program materials, including curriculum kits, can be ordered directly from Positive Action, Inc. For more information, including current prices, contact Positive Action administrators directly or view their resources ordering website.

Sampling of Key References Supporting Evidence Base for the Program

  1. "Beets, M. W., et al. (in press). Preventing substance use, violent behaviors, and Sexual activity among elementary students: Effects of the Positive Action program Hawai'i. American Journal of Public Health.  

  2. Flay, B. R., & Allred, C. G. (2003). Long-term effects of the Positive Action program: A comprehensive, positive youth development program. American Journal of Health Behavior, 27, S6-S21.  

  3. Flay, B. R., Allred, C. G., & Ordway, N. (2001). Effects of the Positive Action program on achievement and discipline: Two matched-control comparisons. Prevention Science, 2, 71-89.  

  4. Flay, B. R., & Allred, C. G. (2003). Long-term effects of the Positive Action program: A comprehensive, positive youth development program. American Journal of Health Behavior, 27, S6-S21.  

  5. Beets, M. W., et al. (2008). School climate and teachers’ beliefs and attitudes associated with implementation of the positive action program: A diffusion of innovations model. Prevention Science, 9, 264-275.