A small city in the Northeast began to experience violence as a result of developing gangs. This community’s advisory group met regarding the emerging gang problem. They believed that two things were necessary to prevent this problem from escalating. First, the team needed to provide appropriate activities to prevent adolescents from turning to gangs, and second, they needed to educate police, recreation leaders, coaches, and parents on deescalating and resolving conflicts peacefully.
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Capacity building refers to strengthening the knowledge, abilities, and skills of individuals and improving organizational structures and processes to more efficiently meet the needs of the community in a sustainable way.
SS/HS aims to increase the number of youth who have access to behavioral health services, decrease in the number of students who abuse substances, increase supports for early childhood development, improve school climate, and reduce the number of students who are exposed to violence. To meet these goals, schools must build their capacity: they must be equipped with the appropriate infrastructure, resources, services, and trained staff in each of these areas. Building capacity may also include leveraging state and local funding to support school-based mental health services; developing the capacity of schools to regularly monitor school discipline data to inform supportive school discipline practices; and developing an infrastructure that will increase the capacity to implement, sustain, and improve effective substance abuse and/or mental health services when federal funding ends. The development of a shared vision (among state and local stakeholders) for behavioral health promotion will provide the framework for capacity-building needs.
Capacity building occurs when communities aim to strengthen knowledge, abilities, and skills of individuals to improve organizational structures to better meet the needs of the community in a sustainable way.
Capacity building occurs when communities aim to strengthen knowledge, abilities, and skills of individuals to improve organizational structures to better meet the needs of the community in a sustainable way. Capacity building can be leveraged to promote prevention and reduction of substance use at the individual, classroom, school, family, and community levels.
Building Capacity to Develop Kindergarten-Ready Students – Mt. Vernon, IN
Many school districts in Indiana recognized that children were entering school with limited skills due to varying factors. Kindergarten and early elementary grades needed a common measurement of early childhood social and emotional learning, and development skills. In 2013, Mt. Vernon School District's Safe Schools/Healthy Students program administered over 400 kindergarten-readiness checklists to 40 early child-care providers and preschool programs in a three-county area.
Mt. Vernon School District, Indiana – Mt. Vernon, IN
In 2008, the Mt. Vernon School District increased school safety through the addition of safety equipment, the presence of law enforcement officers in rural schools, and the improvement of communication between schools, parents, and law enforcement. Through its Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) initiative, the district made its 44 schools safer by putting into action a structured school-safety audit checklist, safety equipment, and School Resource Officers (SROs) in all three of its counties.
Aids to encourage and support building systems of community schools by distilling key lessons and recommending actions based on successful practice. Houses a plethora of reports and guides, as well as tool kits which can be used to plan, implement, and sustain community schools strategies.
Houses a plethora of resources such as assessment tools, an organizational matrix sample, 10 Critical Factors which can be utilized for advancing school mental health. Developed as part of a CDC-funded project completed in collaboration with the National Assembly on School Based Health Care.
Developed through the Education and Capacity Building Program detailed on the NNIRR website, this platform serves as a space to share immigrant/refugee experiences, understand those of others, share strategies, and develop collective visions for a better world.
Identifies the goals and conditions necessary to chart a path toward effective family engagement efforts that are linked to student achievement and school improvement. It was devised using the research on effective family engagement and home–school partnership strategies and practices, adult learning and motivation, and leadership development.
Safe Schools / Healthy Students
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