Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,000,000)
Applicant Name: Middlesboro Independent School District
This training project will build the capacity of our schools as “bright spots” that support the safety of all youth from school entry to graduation. Community planning will engage cross-sector partners including law enforcement and will build on the district’s safety plan. Core to the community plan is the identification of evidence informed practices and program. Program staff will provide training on the identified practices and programs to school and community stakeholders. Staff will immediately begin training on the two programs identified during the initial planning– Green Dot and Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA).
Green Dot is a bystander intervention program that is an evidence-informed practice to increase active-bystander behaviors and reduce violence. Green Dot reduces violence acceptance at school and has been tested in rural communities like ours. School staff, educators, and community partners will be trained as instructors, will train students, and implement it in the school and community.
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) addresses gaps in mental health literacy by teaching skills to identify and help individuals experiencing emotional distress. Adults are trained to provide initial assistance to adolescents experiencing a mental health problem. Numerous studies, including those in rural places, have found YMHFA to be effective. School and community leaders will be trained as a YMHFA instructors and will provide YMHFA training for families, and community partners.
Products and Deliverables:
Goal 1: School & community trained in evidence-based practices to support safe schools.
Obj 1.1: Green Dot and YMHFA systemized within the school by training staff, educators and students.
Obj 1.2: Data collection & data reporting process developed to create performance reports.
Obj. 1.3: Local leaders trained as Green Dot and YMHFA instructors.
Goal 2: Community selects and implements programs/practices that support safety.
Obj 2.1: Cross-sector partners ensure all students are safe and supported by being engaged, active in planning, and attending community planning meetings.
Obj 2.2: Community action plan and trainings implemented
Service Area: Middlesboro school district, Middlesboro, Kentucky
Who will benefit from project: The primary beneficiaries will be the students, k – 12, enrolled in our school district. This program will provide direct training to the adults that support these students – school staff, law enforcement, social services and families.