We are honored and excited to announce our acceptance of the COMBAT Anti-Violence Special Initiative award for our program Empowering Youth to Prevent Violence program. We have been awarded $45,000 to carryout our program goals and objectives for the 2013-2014 school year.
This program will help to reduce impulsiveness so that students choose positive outcomes and goals. Up to 280 middle and early high school at-risk students per year will be referred to CMC trainers by teachers, counselors, and administrators. Trainers will be present at the school at least one day a week, and will engage in Restorative Conferences when a response to a provocative situation is needed, addressing both parties.
The purpose of the Restorative Conference is to help students in conflict co-create plans to solve problems when harm occurs and reduce repeat victimization. Youth will then engage in 6 weekly sessions with CMC facilitators, covering topics such as anger management, social-emotional competence, and other factors that protect youth from the perpetuation of conflict and violence.
Empowering Youth to Prevent Violence will help youth improve conflict resolution skills, improve peer relationships, reduce office referrals for conflict, reduce suspension for fighting, and increase grade point average.
We are so excited to receive support that assists us in the implementation of a program which encourages youth in Jackson County to prevent violent behaviors by equipping them with necessary tools, resources, and coaching.
We are looking forward to the new year and time spent with Jackson County Youth!