P-3 Character Education & Resilience Skill Building Programs
For all youth and teens to feel valued and thrive; where they develop the experiences, values, and qualities essential to growing up to be caring and responsible adults.
City Recreation - Rob de Geus taking the lead:
- City / Gunn High School / YMCA / Interfaith Community are working closely with Project Corner Stone to implement the 41 Developmental Assets as a common language and framework for supporting youth and teens - see link - Project Corner Stone
From Project Corner Stone: Imagine a world where children and youth feel valued and thrive; where they develop the experiences, values, and qualities essential to growing up caring and responsible. This is the work of Project Cornerstone and our partners.
Project Cornerstone's mission is to train and mobilize adults throughout Santa Clara County to intentionally work to develop healthy, caring, and responsible children and youth. We seek to achieve this mission through programs that strengthen families, neighborhoods, communities, and schools, and by ensuring that the needs of young people are addressed in public policy.
Our goal is to ensure that every element of our diverse community—individuals, businesses, community organizations, schools, and governments—understand and embrace the fact that interacting with young people is important...and that every interaction makes a difference. And, with more than 200 partners, we are creating social change: one young person at a time
- The primary audience is young people who have multiple risk factors linked to suicidal behavior. The strategy should concentrate on school and community locations where at-risk young people are found. These include, but are not limited to, high schools, teen health clinics, college counseling/health centers, youth activity centers, community health centers, juvenile detention facilities, youth shelters, and Job Corps centers.
- Skill building that includes learning to set goals, make decisions, reduce anger, solve problems, and abstain from alcohol and other drugs is a promising approach to reduce suicidal behavior.
Rationale ans Efficacy
- Young people in need of mental health services beyond the scope of skill-building support groups should be referred to mental health providers. Adults working with youth identified to be at high suicide risk should contact parents immediately and refer the family to a behavioral health care provider.
- Lack of parental or family support is associated with youth suicidal behaviors. The family component of skill-building groups focuses on parent involvement and linking youth and their families to sources of support. Collaboration between each youth, the program manager, and a parent/guardian (or adult friend or family member for a young adult) is important for involving at least one caring adult in a young person’s life.
- It is important to select an evidence-based model that offers a multi-component prevention approach. It is also important to assess existing groups according to the model followed and to what extent they are skill based, they provide a family support component concurrent with the youth’[s group involvement, and they are effective in reducing depression and suicidal ideation/behavior.
- Youth with multiple risk factors have a dramatically higher probability of having attempted suicide than youth with few risk factors. Assessing youth who may benefit from participation in skill-based support groups depends on identifying those with risk factors linked to suicide or youth populations with an elevated suicide risk. Care should be taken to avoid including youth who do not need the group intervention and to assure that high suicide-risk youth receive more intensive clinical services.
- The presence of risk factors or a combination of risk factors can be indicative of risk behaviors other than suicide.
Sample Implemention Activities
- Identify support/skill-building groups for youth and young adults that already exist in school and community settings, and identify gaps in services.
- Identify locations where high-risk youth are likely to be found as possible places to conduct groups.
- Train professionals to conduct skill-building groups for high-risk youth.
- Conduct group programs in coordination with screening programs and referral systems.
- Develop a plan for ongoing facilitator training, consultation and supervision services, and program evaluation.