Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,000,000)
The Wholistic Stress Control Institute (WSCI) and the community partners that will be involved in the Resources to Eliminate Violence Involving Values in Education (REVIVE) project are committed to encouraging students to “REVIVE” a commitment to violence prevention in schools and their surrounding communities throughout the Metropolitan Atlanta area. Fulton and Coweta Counties experience significant levels of violence that spills over into the schools attended by the children and youth being educated there. For example, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner’s Office had attributed 566 to deaths to homicide in Fulton County in 2021, up from 529 in 2019. Atlanta police have investigated 64 homicide cases in 2021. The surge follows a historically deadly 2020, when authorities investigated 157 homicide cases — the most in more than two decades. As of June, Atlanta’s murders are up and shootings have increased by 40%, according to the latest data. Meanwhile, the GBI equally shared over 2,718 criminal activities in Coweta County that were cited in 2019, of which included burglary, larceny, murder, rape, and assault. The specific program objectives that will be implemented towards achieving program success will include:
Objective 1) To provide evidence-based violence prevention training for at least 300 middle and high school students during project year 1, and 450 each during years 2 and 3, for a total of at least 1,200 students over the life of the program, as assessed by a review of training attendance records.
Objective 2) To provide evidence-based violence prevention via mental health awareness training for at least 30 teachers each project year, for a total of at least 90 teachers over the life of the program, as assessed by a review of training attendance records.
Objective 3) To recruit, train or maintain at least 8 students as peer educators each project year to work within the schools and the community to reinforce and further disseminate the message of violence prevention each project year, as assessed by a review of peer educator training records.
Objective 4) To have all trained teachers and other adults in mental health awareness work through the schools to make referrals to mental health providers, as assessed via a quarterly review of the files of the Mental Health First Aid Trainer.