The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative (SS/HS) takes a comprehensive approach, drawing on the best practices and the latest thinking in education, justice, social services, and mental health to help communities take action. SS/HS has produced many successes over the years, successes that others can use to guide their own programs. Representing school districts all over the United States, SS/HS has served rural towns, suburban communities, tribal communities, and sprawling cities. Learn more about how twelve communities used the SS/HS Framework to develop comprehensive programs to address their individual needs. These are their stories, their lessons, and their lasting legacy, as told in their voices.
The following 12 communities highlight some of SS/HS’s greatest achievements, with alumni achieving success in multiple areas including, but not limited to, policy change and development, technology, capacity building, and systemic change and integration. By incorporating these strategic approaches and using the unique SS/HS Framework, grantees from a variety of cultural, environmental, and economic backgrounds have created individual stories of triumph and continued sustainability. Connecting with stakeholders and community leaders previously thought to be unapproachable, leveraging unique data sources, and integrating previously siloed systems, these communities embody resilience and innovation. These are their stories, their lessons, and their lasting legacy, as told in their voices. Read the Alumni Sustainability Stories.