The COC Mentoring Program Curriculum is based on the following 5 core components:

Twelve Values – Encourages students to embrace pro-social values

Positive Change Model – Teaches students how to overcome negative situations

Social Skills Development – Engages students in structured exercises designed to help them improve their social skills

Moral Reasoning – Teaches students how to use moral reasoning as a critical thinking tool to help them discover the reason(s) for their actions

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Africa  – Equips teachers and school staff with a research based curriculum, program, and operational framework to improve academic and behavioral outcomes for all students.


The following foundational values are discussed with all students:






Personal Health



Positive Social Interaction

Alcohol/Drug Abstinence




Provides students with the cognitive and emotional skills to make a distinction between positive and negative expression of these values.

Positive Change Model

The symbol used to portray the Positive Change Model is a triangle. At the top of the triangle are Thoughts/Values, which you always have the power to create and express as positive.  The bottom left corner is Conditions or situations in which you may find yourself. The Actions at the bottom right corner represent responses to your conditions.

In the middle of the triangle are Distortions or negative thoughts (often referred to as Self-Imposed Limitations) that result in negative actions.   In other words, the conditions or situations in which you find yourself may lead to distortions/negative thoughts.  The Challenges, depicted outside of the triangle, focus on your ability to make choices based on your core values rather than your conditions.


Helps students develop an understanding of how their negative behavior can be replaced by positive thoughts.

Students are engaged in a cognitive-behavioral approach to social skills development designed to help them build competence in dealing with interpersonal conflicts, learn to use self-control, and contribute to a positive classroom atmosphere.


Dealing better with anger and frustration

Accepting responsibility for one’s own behavior

Dealing with losing/insults/frustration/making mistakes in an appropriate way (without yelling or physical aggression)

Accepting “No” for an answer

Following directions

Understanding the feelings of others (and accepting them as valid/okay)

Cooperating with peers and adults alike

Coping with taunts and verbal/physical threats/aggression from others

Seeking attention in an appropriate manner

Stages of Moral Reasoning

Moral reasoning is used as a tool to help students, teachers, and parents discover and define the reason(s) for their actions.


Helps students develop the cognitive skills needed to examine the meaning of their behavior and respond to other people’s actions in socially positive ways.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Africa is a broad range of systemic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behavior.


PBIS Africa provides schools with a research based curriculum, program, and implementation framework to improve academic and behavioral outcomes for all students, particularly those whose academic success is at risk as a result of behavioral challenges.