Level 1: School Wide Awareness Projects/Education
- Tolerance and bully prevention
- Proactive/pro-social activities specific to respect and school community connectedness
- Ongoing whole school activities (at lunch & assemblies)
Level 2: Targeted Small Group Activities
- Perpetrators or Offenders – after/before school groups begin with Anger Management, move to Connections group, and then graduate to Reconnections group
- Victim – empowerment group offered after school, before school or during lunch
- Parent/school liaison – could be included for both bully and victim
Check and Connect
Research has shown that failing students didn't feel anyone took an interest in them at school. Check and Connect is a mentoring program where at-risk students are assigned an adult to connect with on a daily basis – share issues and problems that may be barriers to their education. The program also helps alternative educational students make a seamless transition back into the public school. This is a research and evidenced based program.
Crisis Intervention Support
Provides de-escalation techniques that are used at various stages during a crisis including behavior modifications and physical safety interventions. Training is provided by our staff who are certified trainers in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention through Cornell University.
Drug & Alcohol Prevention
We use evidence- and research-based programs to address drug and alcohol prevention. Appropriate in-group and individual activities and support are provided based on specific case needs.
Grief and Loss Support
Children need a voice for their grief and opportunities to express themselves in healthy ways. Grief and loss can come in many ways – a death, divorce, someone moving away ¬– any circumstance which causes sadness to interfere with normal daily activities.
Our staff have been trained by HOSPICE and St. Elizabeth's Medical Center to be a supportive listener and help students find their voice to help them heal. We are available to whole school districts or at specific buildings during times of crisis and are made available to support the staff, students and families affected by tragedy or loss at any time.
Individual Student Support
We work with school staff to support and/or create student behavior plans and identify and addresses problems or issues to reduce a student's barriers to learning. Short-term individual support includes:
- Homework assistance
- Assessments, as needed
- Intervention support to students in crisis
- Bully prevention/intervention
- Homeless assistance and support
- Referrals to school or community based programs
- Identifying barriers to learning
- Internet Safety
Leadership & Resiliency
This is a Best Practices Model Program that uses weekly leadership and resiliency groups in conjunction with Adventure Based activities and Service Learning projects to help youth build healthy relationships, increase resiliency skills, and promote future-oriented goal centered thinking.
Our staff train school-aged youth to develop connections between older students, who have adjusted to school and its daily structure, and younger students, who need guidance. Through this program, responsible older students model positive behaviors and character traits to guide younger students in making smart choices. Our staff help develop a mentoring program through community-based programs and mentor students at school to keep them on track to graduate.
This is a voluntary conflict resolution process that provides a controlled, secure atmosphere that allows each person to tell his or her story. It empowers participants to settle their problem on their own. Mediation programs encourage students to make self-referrals and seek resolutions before a conflict escalates to a disciplinary incident and promotes and supports a peaceful school environment. (2004 Peaceful Resolution for Living, Inc). The mediation is conducted by our staff who have been trained as facilitators through Peaceful Resolution For Living, Inc., out of Marcellus, N.Y. and are train the trainers in the National model program Peers Making Peace by Pax United in Houston, TX. We can provide adults to mediate for children and can create a peer mediation program for your school. These are research and evidenced based programs.
Pro-Social Skills Groups
This program uses evidence- and research-based programs in a group setting to focus on improving and obtaining social skills through shared discussion, games, role-playing, journal writing and recreational activities. A variety of skills are taught and reinforced, including:
- Active listening
- What to do when you are angry
- Being a team player
- How to be fair
- How to get along with others
- Making and keeping friends
- Effective communication
- Empathy, honesty, and respect
- Leadership and responsibility
The skills offer alternatives to violence or negative behavior and promote positive problem solving and choices.
It's a proven fact that students with organizational skills are more productive. Our staff work with students and teach them simple strategies for being organized. The goal is to help students reduce stress, meet their daily obligations, and continue to do other things they love to do on a daily basis. The program also provides group and individual support to instill confidence and help prepare students who are moving up to the next grade level.
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