North Central Health Services (NCHS) has awarded the Tippecanoe School Corporation a three-year Resilient Youth Initiative implementation grant for $1,057,313. Through this program, NCHS seeks to assist schools in developing youth resiliency through evidence-based social-emotional competency, drug resistance and mental well-being curriculums.
This grant will fund the training, coordination and materials needed to implement the programs. NCHS will also fund one-on-one grantee coaching from field experts, custom implementation trainings and evaluation by an independent research partner to explore the overall impact on schools and students.
“I'm proud of our grant writing team,” says TSC Superintendent Dr. Scott Hanback. “By receiving this grant award, TSC can provide additional tools necessary for our staff to help address the social and emotional learning of our students. One of the underlying pieces of the grant will be to help students better understand the risks associated with substance abuse. The implementation of the grant will occur over a three-year period and will continue to build upon itself as the infrastructure is created. We're appreciative of the generosity of NCHS for sponsoring the grant opportunity in our region.”
“We recognize this initiative is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to developing youth resiliency,” says NCHS President & CEO Stephanie Long. “But when implemented well, evidenced-based social-emotional learning and substance use prevention programs can substantially improve students’ self-management and social skills and lower substance use. We appreciate the schools’ willingness to partner with us to explore the potential of these programs to improve the health and well-being of the youth in our communities.”
NCHS’s investment in the Resilient Youth Initiative totals more than $6 million in direct funding and support for schools in its 8-county service area to explore, pilot and evaluate the impact of evidenced-based social-emotional competency, drug resistance and mental well-being curriculums. The grants will support schools in seven counties launching evidenced-based youth resiliency programs, reaching an anticipated 33,000 K-12 students by the 2021-22 school year.