Former teacher Jon Oliver created the nonprofit, lesson one in 1976 as a way to combat school violence.
"I saw violence happening way back when, even in the seventies and I said, 'How do we make school and life connect?' And I saw it's going to escalate which is what's happening today. And the idea is to integrate academic skills and social skills so kids can internalize these," said Oliver.
Oliver feels his program is needed more than ever today to prevent more tragedies like the Newtown, Connecticut shooting.
"I even have kids say when there's violence and the shootings that person didn't use their self-control. That person should have been proud and relaxed," said Oliver.
Oliver travels the country visiting classes like a fourth grade one in Ranchester's Tongue River Elementary, preaching self-control and self-confidence.
"You can say to kids use your self-control, but if they don't know what it is, it doesn't matter. You can tell the kids to sit proud and relaxed and get rid of stress, but if they don't know what it is, it doesn't matter," said Oliver.
Oliver keeps the kids involved and uses games like one where he blows bubbles in front of the kids and they stay focused and ignore the bubbles in their face like they would ignore a bully. The kids seem to understand the point of the exercises.
"You build your self-confidence and don't mess around a whole bunch, like be crazy and it'll help you with your school work," said fourth grader Katy Kalasinsky.
"If you don't have self-control or self-confidence you'll just be wild and crazy and you can't even be ready for your homework," said fourth grader Moriah Brown.
"There's some schools, test scores have doubled. One school in California, 80 percent less suspensions after we worked with them," said Oliver.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently recognized Lesson One on its list of evidence-based practices for mental health.