Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $976,579)
Community Students Learning Center (CSLC) delivers a robust proposal for school safety, TIME: Transforming and Investing in Mississippi Education. The economic ROI is powerful. A violence prevention program, like TIME, doesn’t just save lives — it saves money: Every dollar spent on the program reduces medical and criminal justice costs by nearly $16. Target Pop: Holmes County Consolidated School District (HCCSD) staff and students in K-12, law enforcement, professionals, and community stakeholders. (Enrollment + 2,723 students). Target Area: Holmes County, MS (the poorest county in the poorest state in the U.S.). Goal: To reduce risk factors and increase protective factors to prevent school violence with training for local law enforcement officers, school staff, students, family, service providers, partners, and youth-serving professionals. Strategy 1: Enhance community capacity to augment school Violence Prevention & Reduction (VPR) efforts. 2: Equip youth and adults with the knowledge and skills through evidence-based practices (EBP). 3: Increase the engagement, skills, and accessibility of caring adults including professionals, parents, and grandparents to reduce and prevent school violence. 4: Deliver TIME using Culturally Informed Practice (CIP), so that all components are tailored to target community.