Project Prevent is a new federal grant designed to enable LEAs to increase their capacity to identify, assess, and serve students exposed to pervasive violence, helping to ensure that affected students are offered mental health services for trauma or anxiety; support conflict resolution programs; and implement other school–based violence prevention strategies in order to reduce the likelihood that these students will later commit violent acts.
The school is in Year 3 of this 5-year federal grant. Through this grant, the school hired five additional school counselors and two school social workers; and is implementing a continuum of research-based programs* that build protective factors through positive youth development and that positively impact students’ academic performance, social behavior, conduct, and emotional issues. The program is coordinated by counselor Kim Heffner and social worker Susanne Cianfaro.
*The research-based programs funded by this grant are: (a) two classroom centered programs for all students – Caring School Community (CSC) for grades K-6 and/or The Leadership Program’s Violence Prevention Project (VPP) for grades 6-8; (b) two programs for students with needs for intermediate interventions offered by counselors with Promoting Alternative thinking Strategies (PATHS) for small groups of primary grade (K-2) students whose risk is significantly higher than average; and Peaceful Alternatives to Tough Situation (PATTS), a school-based aggression management program designed to help students (grades 3-8) increase positive conflict resolution skills, increase the ability to forgive transgressions, and reduce aggressive behavior; and (c) Check & Connect, a model of sustained intervention for promoting students’ engagement at school and with learning.