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Life Directions' Peer Motivation and Peer Mentor Programs for Conflict Transformation and Leadership Development of At-Risk Adolescents, Ages 13 to 18.

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $98,723)

Life Directions will implement intervention and prevention programming to at-risk students and their families in 8 schools in Chicago, Illinois. Programs include 1) Peer Motivation Program; 2) Peer Mentor Program; and 3) Neighborhood Enrichment Program. Program goals are to 1) improve academic achievement and attainment; 2) increase positive interpersonal relationships; and 3) increase neighborhood connections. The program activities include 1) peer motivation sessions in schools; 2) intergenerational summits, field trips, and community service projects; 3) one-on-one intergenerational mentoring; 4) peer mentoring; 5) family activities at school; and 6) neighborhood circles. LD programs will reach 400 at-risk adolescents while training and developing 50 supportive adults who partner with Life Directions in program delivery at 8 Chicago Public Schools. LD programs decrease the high school dropout rate, increase standardized test scores, and decrease violence and high-risk behavior.

Date Created: September 7, 2006